“I lay the blame for the lack of resources that hard working ambulance service employees are facing squarely at the feet of the Government and Senior Managers. I know many hard-working paramedics who finish shifts frustrated and upset at the number of people they were unable to help during their shift. The Secretary of State and the Chief Executive of the ‘Not Working’ Ambulance Service keep saying the pressure is unprecedented, this cannot continually be used as an excuse.
“They need to put more resources into both ambulances and the personnel that attend the calls. Only then will people have confidence in this service. I understand that non urgent (category 4) calls which used to be programmed for 4 hours are now taking 15 hours, and that already hard pushed community nurses are being asked to add to their already heavy load by going to these calls instead.
“Similarly, the Police are having to transport people to hospitals themselves as ambulances aren’t available.
“In October of this year, the average response to a category 1 call was 16 minutes, (yet in 2015 80% were answered within the target 8 minutes) and for a category 2 call it was 54 minutes (in 2015, 75% of these calls were also answered in 8 minutes).
“The current waiting times are the longest they have ever been and shows exactly how this service is deteriorating, putting lives at risk.”