Northampton South MP David Mackintosh has praised the “dedication and professionalism” of the East Midlands Ambulance Service after spending a day with paramedics.
The Conservative politician spent a twelve hour shift with an ambulance crew on Tuesday, to learn more about the challenges the services faces.
During the day, the MP posted messages on Twitter describing some of the incidents the crew were called to, including a man who had taken an overdose and the scene of a car crash.
Mr Mackintosh also tweeted his surprise at drivers who did not make way for the ambulance when its sirens were blaring.
“I am amazed at how slow cars are to pull out of the way for an @EMASNHSTrust ambulance travelling at full speed with blue lights and sirens on,” he tweeted.
Following the day with EMAS, Mr Mackintosh praised the bravery of the ambulance crew.
He said: “Every day these dedicated professionals go to work not knowing what they will have to deal with, and often putting themselves in harm’s way to help those in need. “For many people they really are the difference between life and death.
“As a member of parliament I think it is important to appreciate the work they do and the challenges they face and it was a privilege to have the opportunity to witness their incredible dedication and professionalism.”
Engagement manager at EMAS, Annie Palmer, said: “We make a real effort to encourage our local members of parliament to experience a shift with our crews and get a better understanding of how we work. It’s great that David took up this opportunity to see our frontline in action and see how we respond to his local community.”
Mr Mackintosh has also arranged to spend time in the EMAS control room next week to see the challenges call handlers and dispatchers face.