Domenica, 04 Dicembre, 2016

Strained ambulance crews too slow to reach critical patients

How the Welsh service works Ambulances are too slow to reach desperately ill people as brigade creaks under strain
Irmina Pasquarelli | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:51

The report highlighted the 500,000 ambulance crew hours lost as they wait for A&E staff to become available so that patients can be handed over.

Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said that the lack of funding for social care...

But like other United Kingdom colleagues, Welsh ambulance crews are facing worsening delays in handing over patients when they get to hospital.

A North West Ambulance Service statement read: "We are seeing more people in need of our services, especially for "red" incidents - patients with serious and life-threatening conditions". This is the equivalent of 286 crews not being able to respond to emergencies for a whole year, according to an investigation by the BBC.

Emergency services now reach just 68.3% of immediately life-threatening 999 calls within the target eight-minute timeslot, with authorities aiming to increase that figure to 75% in the future.

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