Following a Freedom of Information request, the BBC has recently revealed unsettling new data identifying shocking delays in ambulance response times.

According to the report, most ambulance services are meeting the waiting time targets set by the government last year.

The NHS England standards state that the response time of eight minutes from receiving a 999 call to the arrival of the ambulance should now apply to ‘every single 999 patient’. With the most urgent and serious patients, the target is for ambulances to arrive even more quickly.

However, the BBC’s research showed that, between June 2017 and June 2018, some patients were kept waiting for hours, some in excess of a day and four patients were kept waiting for more than 50 hours before medical help arrived.

Such an extreme delay may make a significant difference to the health outcome for the patient concerned.

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