THE new MP for North Shropshire has spoken of her disappointment after the Prime Minister turned down her call for a review into ambulance services in Shropshire.

Shortly after being sworn in as an MP in her first day at Westminster, Helen Morgan demanded a meeting with Health Secretary Sajid Javid to discuss the “ambulance crisis” in the county.

She promised to “hit the ground running”, writing to Mr Javid asking him to meet the West Midlands Ambulance Trust which first requested talks four months ago.

“I am here in Westminster to make sure the people of Shropshire are no longer taken for granted by this Conservative Government,” she said.

“The ambulance crisis is a life and death situation in Shropshire. I can’t think of many other meetings which are more important than this one. The Health Secretary cannot ignore this request any longer.”

Though staffing problems are being exacerbated by the record levels of coronavirus cases driven by the Omicron strain, Ms Morgan was clear that strains on the ambulance service are more deeply embedded, arguing constituents have suffered waiting times exceeding 12 hours since October.

Commenting after her question Helen Morgan MP said: “There is no time to waste in solving the local ambulance crisis which is a life and death situation in Shropshire.

“It is essential that the Prime Minister and his Government tackle this crisis. It was disappointing to see him turn down my call for a full and proper review into services.

“What I heard from thousands of conversations with local people during the by-election, is that the local health crisis is the top concern in Shropshire. Yet the Prime Minister today couldn’t even acknowledge this and be willing to take action.

“I was elected as the MP for our area to stand up for our local health services and I will continue to do just that, holding the Prime Minister to account and making sure residents have a strong voice on their side.”

Ms Morgan's win for the Liberal Democrats in December stunned the Tories as she overturned a majority of almost 23,000 to take the previously safe Conservative seat with a winning margin of nearly 6,000 votes.