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‘Life and death’ targets not met

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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MORE than half of all 'immediately life-threatening' ambulance calls in the Northern Local Commissioning Group were not responded to within the target time-frame during the 2016-17 financial year, the Antrim Guardian can reveal.
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service guidelines for these Category A calls state that an emergency response vehicle should be on the scene within eight minutes.
Bearing in mind that this is the most serious category which calls can be allocated to, the response time could be the difference between life and death in the most severe cases.
While a whopping total of 50,973 emergency calls were received by the Northern LCG during this period - accounting for almost a quarter of all emergency calls province-wide - there is no definitive indication as to how many of these were allocated as Category A calls.
However, only 43.9 per cent of these 'immediately life-threatening' calls resulted in an emergency response at the scene within the eight-minute target.
This falls far short of the LCG target of 67.5 per cent and even further below the regional target of 72.5 per cent.
* Read the full shocking story - and a special full page report on the health of Antrim Hospital - in this week's Antrim Guardian.

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