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Lucy Powell takes campaign to keep Greater Manchester ambulance services public to Westminster

MWP_PR_070314_WC1-03413.jpg.ashx.jpgLucy Powell has taken the campaign to keep Greater Manchester ambulance services public to Westminster.

Speaking for the first time in the House of Commons she asked the Leader of the House of Commons for an urgent debate on the privatisation of the Greater Manchester Patient Transport Service (PTS).

During her by-election campaign Lucy branded plans for Arriva, the bus and rail company, to run a key section of Greater Manchester’s PTS as a disgrace.

Now Labour’s newly elected MP for Manchester Central has wasted no time in standing up for Manchester in Parliament.

Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said:

“Can I ask the Leader of the House for a debate or statement next week on the privatisation of the Greater Manchester Ambulance Service.

"The contract to run part of the service has been awarded to Arriva, the bus and train company, over a bid from the NHS - despite the NHS Ambulance bid scoring higher on quality and service. Arriva won on cost alone.

"Patients and carers from across Manchester are rightly concerned that the quality and standards will suffer; and that we have been consigned to a worse service than the rest of the region."

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