Ambulance delay has come under scrutiny following the death of a 26 year old man who collapsed at his home in Norfolk in November 2013. A paramedic arrived within 15 minutes but it took almost 2 hours for an ambulance to arrive. The young man died in hospital later from a brain haemorrhage.
The Ambulance Trust is now investigating the matter.
In the meantime criticism is being levelled at the targets that the government has set for ambulance response times. Trusts can technically meet the overall target (and be deemed to be performing well) where the response times in urban areas are quick even though the response times in rural areas are poor.
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s NHS Medical Director has recently carried out a review of emergency care. This is one area that is expected to be addressed.
Ambulance delay means that a patient is suffering longer than they need to while they wait, their anxiety and the anxiety of loved ones intensifies and in serious cases can lead to significant consequences and sometimes death.
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