Ambulance Response Crisis

1 Dec 2023
Chris outside A&E

Data obtained by the Liberal Democrats show that local ambulance waiting times have increased by 47% since 2019 for category 2 calls and by 17% for the most urgent category 1 calls.

On average, that means potential heart attack and stroke victims are waiting almost half an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

Chris is backing the Liberal Democrats’ plan to support local ambulances services, which would see a paramedic recruitment campaign and improvements in social care to reduce pressure on hospital beds.

He says: “ Behind the headlines are devastating stories of pensioners left stranded for hours, or families watching a loved one die before a paramedic could reach them.

“ Paramedics on the frontline do an incredible job day in day out. But our overstretched NHS services are collapsing under the strain of years of neglect by this Conservative Government.”


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