Secretary Of State for Health Praises Ambulance Services and Air Ambulance Charities

October 29, 2015 by Tracy

L to R - Bill Sivewright Chair of Association of Air Ambulances, Secretary of State for Health Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, Chloe Smith MP Norwich North & Chair of the APPGAA, Clive Dickin National Director Association of Air Ambulances

A reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances (APPGAA) took place on the House of Commons Terrace, Westminster on 26 October 2015. The event, hosted by Chairman of the APPGAA Chloe Smith MP for Norwich North, gave members of both Houses of Parliament the opportunity to meet with representatives from air ambulance charities and ambulance services.

We were delighted to be able to meet some of Dorset and Somerset's MPs in person during the event, all of whom were keen to find out more about the Charity and the plans we have for the future.

In her opening speech, Chloe Smith explained how she was honored to be the chair of such a dynamic group of organisations that do amazing work within the community.  She explained that the APPGAA was there to help engage local MP’s in the delivery of air ambulance activity.

The Secretary of State for Health, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt delivered a speech which praised the work of the UK’s air ambulances and ambulance services:

L to R - DSAA Trustee Anna Phillips, MP for Somerton and Frome David Warburton and MP for Taunton Deane Rebecca Pow“In July I was lucky enough to experience the amazing work you deliver to the most critically ill. It was one of the most impressive things I have seen and showed the NHS at its finest.  I would like to thank the paramedics, doctors and pilots who deliver these services; I am amazed how you all unwind at the end of your day after looking after these very ill NHS patients.  I would also like to thank the volunteers across the UK for all their dedication and hard work.”

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA), which represents the majority of air ambulance charities, ambulance services and the supply chain throughout the UK, supported the reception for the third year, bringing patients, charities, ambulance services and legislators together.L to R DSAA Charity Manager Julie Plowden, Critical Care Paramedic Claire Baker, DSAA Trustee Anna Phillips, MP for Somerton and Frome David Warburton and Dr Phil Hyde

Bill Sivewright, Chairman of the AAA and CEO of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance thanked everyone for their attendance and welcomed the Secretary of State’s comments.  He responded:

“Our focus is entirely on patients and we must deliver a seamless service to ensure we do not develop in silos. To that end, I am confident that all the members of the Association of Air Ambulances do their bit, be that funded by charities or by the NHS to ensure we deliver the best possible service we can.”

More information on the APPGAA and the air ambulance community can be found on the AAA website by visiting: