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Nov 2016

Rising demand leaves ambulance service at breaking point

An investigation by the BBC has found that paramedics are struggling to get to seriously injured and ill patients fast enough, with only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services meeting its target. Pressure on the system and rising demand are being blamed for the crisis, with the situation so critical that it is not…

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Oct 2016

Long A&E delays faced by ambulance patients

Figures have shown that before being seen by A&E staff, thousands of ambulance patients in England are facing long delays, with the number of waits exceeding an hour nearly trebling in the last two years. It should be possible for ambulance crews to hand patients over to A&E staff within 15 minutes of arrival and…

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Jul 2016

Target for life-threatening 999 calls missed for 12 months

Data released by NHS England has shown that targets for life-or-death 999 calls have been missed by ambulances for a year. Calls categorized as Red 1 (patients who are not breathing or suffering from a cardiac arrest) are meant to be responded to by ambulance crews within eight minutes, but the data has shown that…

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