Delays in ambulance response times revealed

The Northern Echo: North East Ambulance Service has defended its record North East Ambulance Service has defended its record

PATIENTS in the North-East are being forced to wait up to six hours for an ambulance, figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request have revealed.

Official guidelines say paramedics should arrive within 30 minutes, but the figures show some people have had to wait 12 times that.

The information was released by the North East Ambulance Service following a request from a newspaper.

The statistics show that on January 1 last year, a patient in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, had to wait three hours 13 minutes despite having potentially life-threatening injuries.

The ambulance service said that the call was originally non-life-threatening.

The report said the service failed to meet target response times on 10 separate occasions in a 12-month period.

But the service has said they are the highest performing in the country, reaching just under 80 per cent of the most seriously ill or injured patients within eight minutes.

A North East Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Despite the best efforts of our crews, we cannot reach 100 per cent of patients within that target time.

“Even with unlimited funds, this would be impossible.”

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10:47am Mon 20 Jan 14

Auldgadgey says...

Can anyone remember what Cameron said before the election?
"No top down reorganisation in the NHS" at the same time top torys were meeting with health companies and telling them that a "hand grenade" was going to be chucked into the NHS and nothing was sacred.
Come and fill your boots was the message.
We are now seeing the results, chaos in A&E and the ambulance service are down to the Tory party's hatred of the NHS.
Can anyone remember what Cameron said before the election? "No top down reorganisation in the NHS" at the same time top torys were meeting with health companies and telling them that a "hand grenade" was going to be chucked into the NHS and nothing was sacred. Come and fill your boots was the message. We are now seeing the results, chaos in A&E and the ambulance service are down to the Tory party's hatred of the NHS. Auldgadgey

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