Ambulance crisis in UK – 30% of vehicles do not reach patients within the 8 minute limit

Ambulance crisis in UK – 30% of vehicles do not reach patients within the 8 minute limit

England – UK ambulance response time reached a lower record.

According The Sun, only 6.2% of people in England survive a cardiac arrest when taken to hospital by ambulance. And in more difficult areas it is even worst!

The percentage drops to 3%, while the best countries in Europe reach 25%. In particular, the deadliest place is representaed by East Midlands, where just this 3% survive a cardiac arrest. In February this year, East Midlands ambulances took 261 cardiac patients to hospital. But only 10 survived.

From May, researches show that in the past year almost 30% of ambulances in England failed to reach the most serious cases in eight minutes. The Government target is for 75% of ambulances to respond in this time.

ambulance-2-england Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said:

Response times play a huge role in survival and recovery rates. Waiting times for all kinds of health needs are going up. But ambulance times are among the most alarming due to the life-threatening consequences”

According to Spokesman Harry Davis:

“It is an insult to those who have suffered or for anyone who has lost a loved one because of mismanagement or incompetence. For far too long we have seen this rewards-for-failure culture persist in the NHS. It must be stamped out as a matter of urgency”

NHS England tries to make an intense pressure on ambulances to increase the efficinecy.

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10.8million emergency calls were made to ambulance services in England in the last year, up 7.1% over 12 months. Government cuts are blamed by unions and patients’ groups because it crippled the service.

In May, 70.5% of ambulances in England reached the most seriously ill patients within eight minutes, down from 76.9% last year. Anyway, Scotland did worse than England: ambulances reached only 68.3% of the most serious calls on time. Wales rejected the trend with a 75.5% average.

Rates of people who survive cardiac arrests has also been falling, with a two per cent drop — i.e. more or less 56 deaths — since the same time last year.

There are also areas where CPR is taught in schools and here, generally there is a higher survival rate. Simon Gillespie, chief executive of British Heart Foundation said:

“Cardiac arrest survival rates in the UK are shockingly low. People are dying needlessly.”

 

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