NORTH Shropshire MP Helen Morgan has taken her bid to tackle the crisis engulfing the ambulance service in the county to her national party.

Mrs Morgan passed a party policy motion at the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference on Saturday night to tackle the ambulance service crisis.

Her new policy, called ‘The Crisis in Our Ambulance Services’, has four points on which she has based her plans and the MP says it is time the Conservative government address the crisis.

She added: "For too long this Conservative Government has ignored the crisis facing our ambulance services across the country.

"But here, in Shropshire is where we have been let down the most.

“I have heard too many tragic stories of people being left stranded waiting for an ambulance to arrive, the pain from residents across north Shropshire is all too common.

“Our services are under extreme pressure and the Conservatives have done nothing but sit on their hands, the Health Secretary (Sajid Javid) still hasn't even responded to my request for a meeting.

“Their failure to tackle the crisis in our ambulance services is putting patients’ lives at risk – they need a plan.

“That’s why I’m proud to be putting forward a plan to fix this crisis and hold the Government to account.”

In her policy, Mrs Morgan has called for emergency funding to be made available to ambulance trusts to reverse closures of community ambulance stations and cancel planned closures where needed.

Also, Mr Javid to commission the Care Quality Commission to conduct an investigation into the causes and impacts of ambulance service delays.

She also calls for an Ambulance Waiting Times Bill to be passed into law requiring accessible, localised reports of ambulance response times to be published.

Finally, a campaign to retain, recruit and train paramedics and other ambulance staff.

Since replacing Owen Paterson last December, Mrs Morgan has prioritised tackling the ambulance crisis and is now taking the policy to the top of the party to become national policy.

A spokesman added: "It comes as the Government said that nine of 11 ambulance services in England are still at REAP level 4, the highest alert level – three months after it was first confirmed that every ambulance service in England was at that level."