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Ambulance wait times endangering patients

Cornwall’s performance is particularly poor. The average for Category 1 (target 7 mins) was over 18 minutes in March with a 90% figure of nearly 34 minutes (target 15 mins). In other words for the most serious life-threatening situations 10% of patients were not reached for over 34 minutes.

For Category 2 – against a national target of 18 minutes, actual performance for NHS Kernow area was just over 4 hours in March with 10% of patients not reached for over 10 hours These are patients who may require rapid assessment, on-scene intervention and/or urgent transport. For example, a person may have had a heart attack or stroke, or be suffering from sepsis or major burns.

We have just come *out* of critical incident in the NHS in Cornwall. These figures are from March, but they do show that we are definitely not recovered and need more support in Cornwall with getting people through the system and out of hospital so others can come in.

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