Labour candidate Suzy Stride slams ambulance response times

Politics / Mon 14th Jul 2014 at 12:28pm

AMBULANCES in Harlow are taking almost three minutes longer to reach patients in a life-threatening condition, compared to three years ago.

The British Heart Foundation and the Stoke Association have warned that delays put lives at risk.

Official NHS figure show that Category A ambulance callouts – where a life is threatened – are taking 67 seconds longer on average to reach patients, compared to May 2011, when they should arrive within eight minutes.

Suzy Stride, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, said:

“These figures will raise real concern among Harlow residents that lives are being put at risk by the chaos in the NHS.

“Hospital A&E departments have missed the Government’s waiting time target for the last 51 weeks running. This crisis in A&E has trapped ambulances in queues outside hospitals – leaving the next caller facing longer, agonising waits. More and more calls are being attended by police cars and even fire engines.

“For people who’ve suffered cardiac arrest or a stroke, every second counts and that is why this slump in standards cannot continue.

“Urgent action is needed from the Government to turn things around. Slower 999 response is yet another sign of an NHS heading in the wrong direction under this Government. Their failure to get a grip on the A&E crisis is now having a knock-on effect of the safety of our ambulance services. It is more proof that David Cameron simply can’t be trusted with the NHS.”

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