Ambulance response targets in Northern Ireland hit by 'rising demand and cuts in spending’
Organisation: The Detail (www.thedetail.tv) (United Kingdom)
Publication Date: 03/30/2015
DescriptionThis project analysed over 236,200 ambulance call outs attended by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) during 2012 and 2013 and uncovered 34 incidents where patients whose lives were at immediate risk waited for at least an hour. The longest delays for emergency care are among the key findings of the investigation based on extensive data relating to hundreds of thousands of emergency calls. A patient with “traumatic injuries” waited one hour 18 minutes for an ambulance in Lisburn and another with an injury in the category of “stab/ gunshot/ penetrating trauma” waited over an hour. My analysis confirmed a wide variation in ambulance response times across Northern Ireland – both by postcode area and health trust.
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