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Modern ambulance hub 'crucial' to response times.

A CITY MP criticised the amount of time people spend waiting for A&E healthcare as he toured a new ambulance station.

Richard Burden (Lab) said facilities like West Midlands Ambulance Service's newest base - Hollymoor Hub, in Hollymoor Way in Northfield - which has been operational since July, would be ''crucial'' in the fight to improve services.

He toured the new station this week, seeing a staging area where ambulances are cleaned, checked and re-stocked ready for crews to start their shifts.

"I certainly see the sense in the new system for both response times and safety," Mr Burden said.

"I hope that it will not only save costs and provide a better environment for staff - but deliver improvements for patients too.

"Birmingham, like the rest of the country, continues to face an A&E crisis. The amount of time people are waiting in ambulances, and to be referred to treatment, is still too high in the city. New facilities like the Hollymoor Hub will be crucial for improving services."
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