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Ambulance Response Times - New Data

Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Data On Ambulance Response Times For Emergency Calls Shows Service Under Pressure

Our Ambulance Service needs seriously targeted funds so that the public can be adequately protected says GMB.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff, has analysed the data released today (31 July) which shows that East Midlands and East of England are not hitting the targets of Red 1 or Red 2 cat A calls within 8 minutes.  South West is also missing target for Red 1. West Midlands and South East Coast are missing target for Red 2.

Red 1 and Red 2 are calls that are classified as immediately life threatening and require an emergency response (with blue lights). The target is to arrive at these patients within eight minutes in 75% of cases. See notes to editors for definitions and sources.

Comparing the data for the period from June 2012 to March 2013 and for April 2013to March 2014l for Red 2 the position has deteriorated in eight of the twelve Trusts.

PERFORMANCE TARGETS FOR AMBULANCE TRUSTS IN ENGLAND FOR 2013/14 COMPARED TO 2012/13

 

2012-13

 

 

 

 

 

(June - March)

2013-14

 

 

 

Red 1

Red 2

Red 1

Red 2

change

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

England

74.0

75.6

75.6

74.8

1.6

-0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North East

76.6

76.5

76.9

78.4

0.4

1.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North West

73.5

76.6

75.9

77.4

2.4

0.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorkshire

71.7

75.2

77.4

75.1

5.7

-0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Midlands

70.0

75.5

71.3

71.4

1.2

-4.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Midlands

78.9

75.5

80.0

73.6

1.0

-2.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East of England

74.2

72.8

73.6

69.4

-0.6

-3.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

London

77.7

76.3

77.4

75.3

-0.4

-1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South East Coast

75.1

75.1

76.8

73.9

1.7

-1.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Central

78.2

75.2

79.2

75.7

1.0

0.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Western

74.3

76.2

73.1

77.2

-1.1

1.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isle of Wight

78.7

76.6

80.2

76.1

1.5

-0.5

Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer for NHS staffs, said “The government has created the conditions which means the public are now having to wait longer for the ambulance service to respond to them.

We have already heard that Hammersmith Hospital is looking to close their A&E. A&E Departments are being cut to the core or are being downgraded across the country this coupled with the fact that the public are unable to get appointments with their local GP's the demands on the 999 service is growing.

Ambulance Staff are having to work under these ever increasing demands, The reality is the downgrading of A&E's or the closing down of A&E departments mean ambulance staff have to drive patients further. This then takes longer and with delays in handing patients over, getting back on the road is taking longer. Our Ambulance Service needs seriously targeted funds so that the public can be adequately protected.”

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Contact: Rehana Azam, GMB National Officer 07841 181656 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 020 7391 6755/56.

Notes to editors

1 Definitions

Red Calls (Red 1 and 2)

These are calls that are classified as immediately life threatening and require an emergency response (with blue lights). The target is to arrive at these patients within eight minutes in 75% of cases. Examples are: Red 1: Cardiac arrest or life-threatening traumatic injuries; Red 2: Serious breathing difficulties or suspected stroke with serious symptoms.

From June 2012 Category A calls were split into Red 1 (most serious/time critical) and Red 2 (serious but less time critical).

2 Data was released 31 July 2014 by Health & Social Care Information Centre: www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB14601

 

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