Of all the healthcare and NHS related stories that cause real concern, few are as alarming as the horrifying tales of rising ambulance waiting times. If the emergency services have been called, it’s safe to assume that the situation is serious. The wait between the call being made and help to arrive can be nothing short of terrifying.
What has caused rising ambulance waiting times?
The concern over an increase in ambulance waiting times is not brought about by road traffic figures or conditions. Paramedics getting caught up in traffic occasionally is inevitable, but it’s nowhere near common enough to significantly influence waiting time figures and statistics.
So, what are the main causes? Ambulance trusts point to rising demand and unmeetable pressures on the system. This doesn’t just mean that ambulance waiting times are on the rise because a number of ambulance stations have either been merged, relocated or closed down, it also concerns the crowded state of hospitals.
In 2015, over 500,000 hours of time was lost by ambulance crews waiting for staff in A&E departments to be free to hand the patients over to. This alarming statistic represents a 52% increase in the number of wasted hours in just two years.
In equivalent terms, this means that 286 ambulance crew are essentially out of service every year. As well as major delays, senior paramedics also said that such is the severity of the situation, it’s not all that rare to run out of ambulances altogether at peak times.
This is a major cause for alarm but, as a normal member of the public, it seems like there is precious little we can do in order to ease the burden and bring ambulance waiting times back down.
Whilst it’s true that paramedics are sometimes called out for false alarms, situations that are not a genuine emergency, or even dangerous and misguided pranks, these have precious little overall effect in the grand scheme of things.
Claiming for medical negligence
Whilst rising ambulance waiting times are a complicated business, medical negligence is not. If you are hurt as a result of medical negligence, then remember that you may be due injury or illness compensation.
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Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice