Calls for a new maximum time target from 999 call to treatment for stroke patients

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FOI reveals over four thousands stroke patients waited longer than an hour for ambulance

Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister and Mid and West AM Helen Mary Jones has called for a new target for a maximum time from 999 calls to treatment for patients having a stroke.

The latest figures show that the median response time for amber calls has more than doubled from around 12 minutes to around 26 minutes over the last 3 years. A Freedom of Information request has revealed 4,038 of patients waited longer than an hour for an ambulance to arrive when they had a stroke between January 2018 and March this year.

The Stroke Association is calling for a target that measures the  time from emergency call to the treatment being delivered.

Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Helen Mary Jones, Shadow Health Minister said: 

“A Plaid Cymru Welsh Government would set a target for a maximum time from 999 call to treatment for patients having a stroke. Plaid Cymru supports the Stroke Association’s call for a target that measures the time from emergency call to the treatment being delivered.

“It is unacceptable, but not surprising, that 4,038 of patients waited longer than an hour for an ambulance to arrive when they had a stroke between January and March this year. Strokes are a life threatening medical emergency and it remains beyond belief that the Welsh Government does not set a target for these emergencies.

“The dropping of time targets for 95% of all ambulance calls has predictably resulted in a decline in the service. Latest figures show that the median response time for amber calls has more than doubled from around 12 minutes to around 26 minutes over the last 3 years.

“That’s time that patients spend in pain, being worried, and not receiving treatment. If this had led to faster response times for ‘red’ calls, then there may have been a silver lining, but the response times for those calls have not improved either. It’s time to recognise that dropping the targets has not led to an improved service.”

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