Figures just released have revealed that ambulances only arrive to half of life-threatening calls within their 8 minute target response time in Brent, piling more pressure on the Lib Dem, Conservative Government who are continuing their assault on our NHS.
In the last six months this year, May to October 2014, ambulance response times in Brent have fallen by 10%
As the Government continues to chip away at our NHS we are seeing more corners being cut, risking the lives of Brent residents. In London alone we are now using 1,000% more private ambulances than two years previously, wasting nearly £9 million a year compared to £700,000 two years before.
Dawn Butler, Labour Parliamentary candidate for Brent Central said:
“These figures are staggering, people’s lives are being put at risk for the sake of cuts to our National Health Service. The ambulance drivers in Brent do a great job, but they cannot handle the pressure currently being put on them.
We must invest in doctors and reopen Central Middlesex now, reverse the damage done by this Lib Dem Tory coalition government and with a Labour government we will get the NHS back on its feet. We did it in 1997 and we will do it once again in 2015.”
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Andy Burnham, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister said:
“This raises real concerns that lives are being put at risk in London. For people in a life-threatening state, every second counts and that is why this slump in standards cannot continue.
“David Cameron’s failure to face up to the A&E crisis is having a serious knock-on effect on ambulance services. Ambulances are trapped in queues at A&Es, unable to hand over patients at bursting hospitals. People who have faced an anxious wait for an ambulance will be stunned by the Government’s complacency.
“More and more calls are being attended by police cars and even fire engines on David Cameron’s watch.
“Urgent action is needed from the Government to turn things around. Slower 999 response is yet another sign of an NHS heading in the wrong direction.”