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Ambulance Targets Missed

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

East of England and East Midlands ambulance services fails to meet target for Category A calls in 12 months to October 2012.

The £50m savings the Trust is seeking over the next five years does not hold much hope of ensuring the adequate levels of front line staff and equipment can be provided says GMB.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust and the East Midland Ambulance Service Trust were two of the three ambulance services in England that did not meet the target that 95% of Category A calls should be responded within 19 minutes in the 12 months to end October 2012.  A category A call is for an immediately life threatening emergency such as chest pain, breathing difficulties or cardiac arrest.

Both Ambulance Services are embarking on changes which GMB, the union for ambulance staffs, say will impact badly on services to residents.

In the year to end October 2012 a total of 216,610 Category A calls were responded to within 19 minutes at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust which is 94.4 % of the total Category A Calls. In the same period 204,245 Category A calls were responded to within 19 minutes at the East Midlands Ambulance Service Trust which is 93.3 % of the total Category A Calls.

The response rate within 19 minutes for Category A calls for England for all Ambulance Services for that period was 96.5%.

In the single month of October 2012 the response rate within 19 minutes at East of England Ambulance Service for Category A calls was 93.3%. See figures for October in notes to editors below.

The Department of Health's primary target is that a minimum of 75% per cent of category A calls (defined as "immediately life-threatening") should receive an emergency response at the scene of the incident within eight minutes. A second target of the Department of Health is that a minimum of 95% of category A calls (defined as "immediately life-threatening") that require transport should be met within 19 minutes of the request being made for a vehicle capable of transporting the patient. The figures for all twelve Ambulance Services in England for 12 months to October 2012 are set out in the table below.

  Ambulance Quality Indicators: System Indicators, Ambulance trusts in England    
           
  Source: Department of Health 12 month total - November 2011-October 2012
    Number of Cat A incidents that resulted in emergency response arriving at the scene of the incident within 8 minutes Proportion of calls responded to within 8 minutes Number of Cat A incidents that resulted in an ambulance response arriving at the scene of the incident within 19 minutes Proportion of calls responded to within 19 minutes
  England 2,009,519 76.1 2,535,041 96.5
           
1 South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 203,164 77.4 256,551 97.9
2 North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust 288,581 77.3 353,227 95.0
3 Isle of Wight NHS Trust 5,670 76.9 7,074 97.6
4 North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust 117,834 76.8 149,901 97.8
5 South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 113,320 76.5 141,126 95.6
6 Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust 83,708 76.4 104,677 96.0
7 Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 199,464 76.2 254,587 97.5
8 West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 261,467 76.0 336,073 97.6
9 London Ambulance Service NHS Trust 316,619 75.3 407,090 98.5
10 East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 164,590 75.1 204,245 93.3
11 South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 82,186 74.9 103,880 94.8
12 East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust 172,916 74.9 216,610 94.4

Tony Hughes, GMB organiser for ambulance staff, said "GMB is disappointed that EEAS are still not meeting these most important targets as these calls are on the whole for people who are suffering life threatening conditions. Clearly there are failures within the Trusts that need some serious attention.

The £50m savings over the next five years does not hold much hope of ensuring the adequate levels of front line staff and equipment can be provided. The residents of East of England deserve an Ambulance trust which will meet their needs not one the Government would rather see starved of public funds.

When Cameron and Clegg talk about creating jobs in the private sector these should be in addition to the public sector jobs not as a replacement for them."

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Contact: Tony Hughes, GMB Organiser on  07738 958 142 or 01642 499 650.  GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823.

Notes to Editors

Ambulance Quality Indicators: System Indicators, Ambulance trusts in England  
       
October 2012    
       
    Number of Category A calls resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene of the incident within 19 minutes Proportion of calls responded to within 19 minutes
  England 217,422 96.5%
       
  East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 17,519 94.4%
  East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust 18,460 93.5%
  Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust 8,922 95.2%
  Isle of Wight NHS Trust 619 97.9%
  London Ambulance Service NHS Trust 35,110 97.9%
  North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust 13,242 96.9%
  North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust 30,249 94.6%
  South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 8,971 95.0%
  South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 22,032 99.9%
  South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust 11,842 95.4%
  West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust 28,636 97.8%
  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust 21,820 97.2%
       
       
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