Responding to the news that the North West Ambulance service has been award the non-emergency PTS contract for Greater Manchester, Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, said:
“I’m delighted that non-emergency ambulance services are being returned to the public sector and that the failed experiment with private providers has been ended.
“I was against the decision to award the PTS contract to a private provider in the first place and I have campaigned hard to highlight the shocking service my constituents received from Arriva over the past 18 months.
“Arriva’s record as a provider of ambulance services was appalling and it is clear that far from improving standards in the NHS, the use of private providers in this way, actually led to greater inefficiency and worse outcomes for patients.
“Once a new provider is in place I hope patients across Greater Manchester will start to receive the reliable ambulance service which they deserve.
- Lucy Powell is MP for Manchester Central.
- Since the PTS contract was awarded to Arriva in 2013 she has campaigned for the performance of the PTS contract to be improved and for the service to be returned to the public sector.
- Today is has been announced that the North West Ambulance Service has been award the PTS contact for Greater Manchester: http://www.nwas.nhs.uk/news/press-releases-statements-2015/15-december-2015-patient-transport-service/#.Vm_qc0qLRD9