News from Sarah Gibson and Chippenham Liberal Democrats

Ambulance delays: Heart attack victims in Wiltshire are waiting almost an hour for help

Potential heart attack and stroke victims in Wiltshire are waiting an average of 56 minutesfor an ambulance to arrive, shocking new figures have revealed. The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats, who are calling for urgent action to tackle local ambulance delays. The figures show that the NHS target of 18 minutes for Category 2 ambulance calls, which covers urgent incidents like strokes and potential heart attacks, is being badly missed in Wiltshire. Ambulance delays have also significantly worsened in recent years, with the average response time increasing by 56% for Category 2 calls since 2019. The average response time for Category 1 calls, which are the most urgent and life-threatening, was 11 minutes, up 39% since 2019. Sarah Gibson, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Chippenham Constituency is backing the Liberal Democrat's five-point plan to support local ambulance services, which would see a paramedic recruitment campaign and improvements in social

4 Dec 2022