Potential heart attack and stroke victims in Havant are waiting an average of 38 mins 54 seconds for an ambulance to arrive, shocking new figures have revealed.
The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats, who are calling for urgent action to tackle local ambulance delays.
The figures show that the NHS target of 18 minutes for Category 2 ambulance calls, which covers urgent incidents like strokes and potential heart attacks, is being badly missed in the Borough of Havant.
Ambulance delays have also significantly worsened in recent years, with the average response time increasing by 133.63% for Category 2 calls since 2019.
The average response time for Category 1 calls, which are the most urgent and life-threatening, was 8.40, up 25.35% since 2019.
Paul Tansom is backing the Liberal Democrat’s five-point plan to support local ambulance services, which would see a paramedic recruitment campaign and improvements in social care to reduce pressures on hospital beds.
Local campaigner Paul Tansom said:
“Behind these figures are devastating stories of pensioners left stranded for hours, or families in the Borough of Havant watching a loved one die before a paramedic could reach them.
“Paramedics on the frontline do an incredible job day in day out, looking after people in their time of need. But our overstretched local NHS services are collapsing under the strain of years of neglect under this Conservative government.
“The Liberal Democrats have provided a clear plan to tackle these shocking delays and make sure ambulances reach people on time in an emergency. That means addressing workforce shortages, fixing the social care crisis and ending the shortage of hospital beds, all of which are leaving patients in ambulances stuck outside A&E for hours.”
The Government’s current attempt at this through the Adult Social Care Discharge Fund is not good enough, as the funds will come from existing NHS budgets putting even more pressure on other services. It will also not be deployed in full until January next year.