London ambulance service response times soar for most urgent calls


London ambulance service response times have increased by 20% in December compared to November, new Ambulance Service Statistics have revealed.

The statistics, released from NHS England, show that average wait times for serious incidents have worsened in every region in England over the past month, failing to meet both the Category 1 and Category 2 callout times.

Locally, the statistics show that when comparing November to last month, ambulance wait times for calls in London worsened further, with patients across the area being left to wait even longer when they called an ambulance.

Wait times for urgent Category 2 callouts have worsened in London with the average wait time in December of over 52 minutes. This is a 20% increase on November waiting times.

The NHS target for "Category 2" is 18 minutes, meaning almost all of the most urgent calls for ambulance services are being missed.

Liberal Democrats are calling for the Government to commission an investigation by the Care Quality Commission without further delay.

Responding to the new figures, Josh Hadley, local Health Spokesperson for the Waltham Forest Liberal Democrats said:

“It is disastrous that our local NHS services are under such severe pressure. We need real investment in our area with a plan from the Government.

“The Conservatives have taken Waltham Forest for granted for decades and now we’re seeing local patients and families pay the price.

“The Government needs to step up and stop taking our area for granted. Health service wait times across the board are struggling, our local health staff are under immense pressure, and it looks like things are getting even worse.”

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