Ambulances face long waiting times at A&E
- 09 Dec
Patients taken to A&E by ambulance have been found to have waited much longer than the recommended fifteen minutes, figures show.
Data collected for NHS hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales, which has been obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act, found that Wales had the longest wait time, but an ambulance in eastern England had to wait for more than five hours.
The Welsh government said that the figures were unacceptable but most people waited less than half an hour.
Patients have to wait in ambulances as paramedics can only hand patients over to hospitals when staff there is ready to take charge of them. The process is meant to take no longer than 15 minutes and delays of more than 30 minute can lead to fines for hospitals in England.
The BBC asked UK ambulance services for their longest waits for each of the twelve weeks between early August to the end of October.
Wales saw the longest waits with one ambulance left queuing for six hours and 22 minutes. The weekly maximum wait in Wales was for three plus hours.
In England one service had to wait for five hours 51 minutes. Scotland had the best record in the UK with none of the weekly maximums exceeding two hours.
Dr Clifford Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, described the figures as "alarming".
"There's always going to be a small number of patients whose transfer is delayed, but not to the extent of these figures - which are approaching three, four - sometimes six hours, and remember, these figures relate to the three months up till October. They don't include the really pressured time of the winter and so it's unlikely these figures are going to improve - and that must be a cause for concern."
Barbara Hakin, of NHS England, said: "It is essential ambulances are back on the road as soon as possible after taking patients to A&E."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
- 25 May
CARE HAS IMPROVED CONSIDERABLY IN ENGLAND
Almost three fourth of 372 care homes rated inadequate in 2014 and still operating have improved.205 care homes have improved from a low rating to requiring improvement, 68 are now rated good and 99...
- 24 May
NHS ADJUSTMENTS TO BUDGET CUTS
NHS trusts which have been previously rated good or outstanding will not be inspected as frequently as before, but those rated as inadequate will be regularly visited by the CQC.The Guardian reports...
- 19 Mar
Government to inspect if housing can reduce NHS costs
In the Budget document the government have said it's looking at the ‘cost-effectiveness of options to integrate spending around some of the most vulnerable groups of people.' This includes...
- 15 Oct
End of life patients are lacking support
The charity has found that almost 92% of NHS clinical commissioning groups do not provide round the clock telephone helplines, reports the BBC.Guidelines say there should be 24-hour telephone...
- 15 Sep
Social care is being limited due to council cuts
ADASS are warning that cuts are making the care system "unsustainable" with charities saying hundreds of thousands of people are struggling without help, even though the government says councils have...
- 17 Jul
Young people should not be placed in B&Bs says MPs
The Commons Education Select Committee has said that B&B accommodation is "threatening and frightening" and should only be used in emergency situations reports the BBC.MPs say that young people...
- 16 Jul
Special measures system designed to improve failing care homes
A scheme similar to special measures of hospitals will be introduced for care homes and home care agencies next year, ministers will say, reports the BBC.This will cover 25,000 services and could...
- 14 Jul
Research says that one in three Alzheimer's cases can be prevented
The research says that the main risk factors of Alzheimer's is lack of exercise, smoking, depression and poor education, reports the BBC. Alzheimer's Research UK said age was still the biggest risk...
- 10 Jul
NHS boss says those with vulnerabilities need joint health and care budget
Simon Stevens wants to see older people, those with disabilities and people with serious mental health problems given joint pots from the NHS and council-run social care services, reports the...
- 17 Jun
Council falters in reviewing autistic man’s care plan
According to Community Care:"The ruling was made by the Local Government Ombudsman after the man's mother complained that his physical and mental health deteriorated in the two-year period after...
How to fund Housing Support and Social Care Services "Alot of information in a short time, good for me because I travelled a long way. So I feel the journey was worthwhile." C.T - People First Dorset