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Raw deal for Barnsley for ambulance wait times

By Lynsey Bradford, Town Reporter Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PEOPLE in Barnsley are getting a 'raw' deal' when it comes to waiting for an ambulance, after it was revealed response times were way below average.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is supposed to attend an average of 75 per cent of emergency calls within eight minutes.

But according to a report by the Clinical Commissioning Group - which commissions the town's health services - only 64.7 per cent of Barnsley calls relating to respiratory and cardiac arrest met the eight minute target.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis said: "I'm very concerned that Barnsley residents could be getting a raw deal when it comes to ambulance waiting times. Every second counts when someone's life is on the line.

"I will be talking to all the agencies involved to find out what can be done locally to improve this situation and ensure that Barnsley people get the standards of service they're entitled to."


** The full story appears in the Barnsley Chronicle, dated July 18. **

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Posted by jenny bridson I Wed 23rd Jul 2014 at 3:20pm

This smacks of knock em while they are down!!!!!!!. Does this bloody government take any responsibility for this? ANSWER..... No they wont!!!

They are doing their very best with cutbacks, waiting time at the hospitals when they cannot hand patients over as the hospital staff are so cut back and cant take over the patient. Try seeing it from their point of view. Ask when they last had a drink or a meal... you wont like the answer. They are doing the best they can in difficult circumstances. Forget the bloody targets and give them support and praise for doing a very difficult job in very difficult times. Look at the targets instead of them and then critisize the real ones at fault !!!!!!

Posted by Andy I Wed 23rd Jul 2014 at 7:33pm

When the Tour de France was in Yorkshire a member of staff who was working in there Cheapside store in barnsley pulled her back and could not move due to the severity of pain she was in. 999 was dialled and and it took over 2 n half hours for ambulance to attend the reason for this was explained by operator that all emergency vehicles were sent to the cycle route and only a few ambulances covering area they were apologetic for the delay the member off staff is still off work some 3 weeks later.