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North West Ambulance Service U-turn On Cuts

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Data On Response Times Shows Pressures On The Service As North West Ambulance Service Drops Plans For Cuts

There is a danger in making cuts in an emergency service like the ambulance service where demand can fluctuate significantly throughout the year says GMB.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff in the North West, commented on the new data on ambulance response times published yesterday (31st July) against the background that North West Ambulance Service were planning to actually cut A&E services until a couple of weeks ago.

The data published yesterday compared data for the period from June 2012 to March 2013 with data for April 2013 to March 2014 for all ambulance trusts in England. The data is set out in the table below.

This showed 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.

Overall for Red 2 calls 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

Ray Carrick, GMB Regional Officer, said “North West Ambulance Service were planning to actually cut A&E services until a couple of weeks ago.

NWAS have scrapped their proposed cuts in ambulance A&E cover after a rise in demand meant that they were unable to meet their targets with their existing resources.

This clearly shows two things:  One is the danger of making cuts in an emergency service like the ambulance service where demand can fluctuate significantly throughout the year. Two is that proper funding for the ambulance service was always available but the government just did not want to spend that money until it was forced to by the rise in demand."

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Contact: Ray Carrick 07974 018412 or 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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