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. **