HIOWAA statement regarding Government petition

Tuesday 25th June 2019

Our supporters sometimes ask us why we are a charity.  Why doesn’t the Government step in to help fund the vital life-saving service that we provide to anyone in our community, should the worst happen?  It’s an obvious question to ask. Recently, a petition calling upon the government to fully fund all air ambulance services has been circulating on social media – you may have seen it already.

You may be surprised to hear that we are advising our supporters not to sign this petition.

Whilst we understand the sentiment behind the petition, we are acutely aware that we can only continue to put our patients first and remain at the cutting edge of pre-hospital emergency medical care because we are not a hostage to the budget cuts and political agenda that the majority of government funded services have been subject to over recent years. The NHS is under intense and relentless pressure and cuts are being made in all areas.  In the current political climate, the future remains uncertain.

In contrast to this, and thanks to the generosity of our local communities, we have been able to continue to develop and expand our service to meet patient demand in our area. Our service is funded by the people that we serve, and for that reason, we are accountable to them and their needs come first.

We will always put our patients and their safety at the heart of our operations. If we were subject to the same constraints as other essential services, we would face a stark choice between cutting services or our ability to provide the very best pre-hospital emergency medicine to those in their darkest hour of need.  I never want to have to make these choices on your behalf in the future.

If you would like to help keep your Air Ambulance flying and saving lives, please do visit the Get Involved pages on our website. Our regular giving scheme, Small Change Big Difference, allows us to plan for our future; our Volunteers are the backbone of our charity; and there are many other ways in which you can help ensure sure that we will be there for you today and tomorrow.

Alex Lochrane, CEO


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