House of Commons Westminster Hall Debate on Hospital Handover Delays


The College has been pleased to partner with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) on a number of aspects relating to the unacceptable hospital handover delays and the subsequent overcrowding of Emergency Departments. It is clear that this situation continues to cause harm to many who use our services so we are pleased to inform you that there is now a Westminster Hall debate on the 6th July. Westminster Hall debates give MPs an opportunity to raise local or national issues and receive a response from a government minister, and any MP can take part. This is a good way to get political influence. However, the next steps will be important and we call on you for your help if this matters or affects you.

If you feel able to take up the opportunity to write to your MP, we have designed a template for you to use (see below). Click here to find the MP for your constituency. The more MPs that support and/or attend this debate, the more coverage this topic will get.   

Dear (insert MP name here),
I am writing to you as a constituent and a member of the College of Paramedics. I work as a (Paramedic/EMT/insert title) at XXX.
On Wednesday 6th July at 09.30, there will be a Westminster Hall debate on Waiting Times for Ambulance and Emergency Care.
As your constituent, I am very concerned about the current level of pressure and strain on both the NHS and the entire urgent and emergency care pathway. Ambulance handover delays are unacceptable and Emergency Departments are dangerously crowded. Almost every day, my colleagues and I see patients, often frail and vulnerable, endure agonisingly long waits in ambulances and on trolleys. Add some local information about your Trust/ED to personalise this email. 
I am writing to ask if you could raise this important matter during the debate next week in Parliament. It is important to raise awareness of the pressures facing the NHS now so appropriate action can be taken ahead of next winter. Long waits harm our patients and we would like to see greater transparency about the true scale of handover delays and crowding in our Emergency Departments.

Yours sincerely

(Your name)
(Your contact details, including your address)

Download a Word document template of the letter here