The East of England Ambulance Service Trust is on course to miss a target of reaching 95% of ‘Category A’ patients within 19 minutes from the time of the call for a second year running due to turnaround delays.
Figures obtained by the North Norfolk Labour Party and produced by NHS Norfolk show the cold snap are increasing delays on turnaround times across the East of England with an increase in the number of Potential Serious Incidents in the region waiting more than an hour for a hospital bed in the last 4 weeks (up to December 9th). This accounted for 620 ambulance arrivals at emergency departments – an increase of 53 in this period.
Now the figures show that EEAST is expected to miss an important A19 target for East Anglia as a result.
Meanwhile local paramedics are also expressing concern about the A19 target – with some calling for the Department of Health to scrap the target as it uses the response times of Rapid Response Vehicles as a target when a majority of patients need an ambulance and hospital treatment.
Denise Burke, chair of North Norfolk Labour Party, said:
“Rather than improving performance, more patients brought to the region’s hospitals by ambulance are having to wait longer – with many waiting well over an hour. The Norfolk & Norwich hospital is giving particular cause for concern.
The fact that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust is set to miss the A19 target for another year also shows that it is a dangerous move for the government to be cutting ambulance funding and consequently our local fleet.
We want to see action from the government and health officials – not the words and promises we hear with continual failure.”