Local Labour Leader slams Tories over “the terrifying truth” in ambulance figures

24/01/2023

“patients in Banbury can no longer rely on the NHS being there for them in an emergency”

2,964 patients with serious conditions such as strokes or chest pain had to wait 1 hour and 53 minutes for an ambulance during December in the Central South Ambulance Service Area.   The figures have been revealed in an analysis of official data by Banbury Labour.

The target time for an ambulance to arrive to deal with people showing signs of Category 2 conditions such as strokes and chest pain is 18 minutes.

In releasing the analysis the Labour Leader at Cherwell District Council, Sean Woodcock, said the terrifying truth was that patients in Banbury can no longer rely on the NHS being there for them in an emergency.

Overall the average response time in the South Central Ambulance area for Category 2 calls was 54 minutes.

Councillor Woodcock said: “Thousands of people are waiting hours for an ambulance when it should be there in minutes. After 13 years of Conservative failure the terrifying truth is that patients in Banbury can no longer rely on the NHS being there for them in an emergency. Heart attack and stroke victims are left waiting and waiting when every second counts.

 “But Labour has a plan. The next Labour government will provide the biggest expansion of NHS staff in history to treat patients on time again, and reform the health service to make it fit for the future. We will train 7,500 more doctors and 10,000 more nurses and midwives every year, paid for by abolishing the non-dom tax status. Patients in Banbury need doctors and nurses more than the wealthiest need a tax break.”

Across the country 36,804 people with emergency conditions had to wait an average of more than 3 hours and 40 minutes for an ambulance in December.   The longest wait was seen South Western ambulance region where one in ten Category 2 patients waited more than 6 hours and 39 minutes.


Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

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