In West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, 1,711 people waited over 4 hours to be seen in December
Meanwhile, the average ambulance response time for the most urgent incidents in the East of England was 11:54 in December – well in excess of the NHS target of 7 minutes.
Response times for urgent conditions such as heart attacks and strokes are even longer. Ambulance response times in East of England for these Category 2 emergencies are now 2:06:00: way above the 18-minute target.
The Liberal Democrats have set out a five-point plan to tackle the ambulance service crisis. The party is demanding the Government release the money they promised to help discharge patients from hospitals, as soon as possible.
St Albans MP Daisy Cooper said:
“The Government’s failure to tackle the crisis in our NHS is letting down people in St Albans down and putting patients’ lives at risk. How much more evidence do Ministers need? They either don’t care or just can’t grasp the scale of this problem.
“Unacceptable and heartbreaking delays mean the Government is falling far short even on its own targets.
“Far too many people in St Albans are having to wait far too long to get the treatment they need. In many cases, this is literally a matter of life or death. People in our area deserve far better.
“Our NHS isn't just at breaking point - it’s splitting at its very seams. We need action from the Conservatives. Liberal Democrats are demanding the Government release the money they promised to help discharge patients from hospitals, and launch a campaign to recruit the extra paramedics and ambulance staff we need.”
Local Ambulance and A&E Wait Times: Ambulance and A&E Statistics - Dec '22 - Local Release
Ambulance Crisis - 5 Point Winter Plan
Ambulance Categories and Targets
These figures refer to Category 1 incidents: An immediate response to a life threatening condition, such as cardiac or respiratory arrest. The NHS target is an average response time to these incidents of 7 minutes, and for 90% of them to be responded to within 15 minutes. Source.
Four-hour A&E waiting time target is a pledge set out in the Handbook to the NHS Constitution. The operational standard is that at least 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours. Source