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17,000 Ambulance Patients Delayed

Thursday, January 11, 2018

 

GMB SLAMS HUNT'S PROMOTION AS 'REWARD FOR FAILURE' AS 17,000 AMBULANCE PATIENTS DELAYED BY MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR

Health Secretary's promotion in PM's botched reshuffle is putting ambulance patient’s lives as 5,000 wait more than an hour during winter crisis.

GMB, the union for ambulance staff, has criticised Theresa May’s weakness as new stats show 17,000 ambulance patients - or one in five - were delayed by 30 minutes of more last week.

The figures, released by NHS England this morning, also reveal that 5,082 ambulance patients were delayed by more than an hour before being admitted to A&E. [1]

As Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has presided over crisis upon crisis in the NHS, but when she tried to give him the boot – as GMB called for last week [2] – Theresa May caved in to his demands and gave him responsibility for social care as well.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“Jeremy Hunt is clearly not up to the job of safeguarding our health service. Under his stewardship the NHS has lurched from crisis to disaster and now appears to be at the point of collapse.

“But rather than take the matter in hand, our weak Prime Minister has rewarded the health secretary for his continued failure.

“By allowing herself to be bullied by her own cabinet – Theresa May’s lack of leadership is now putting patient’s lives at risk this winter.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] 

Ambulance delays in England

   

Week 01 January to 07 January

   

 

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Number of people arriving by ambulance

97,072

 

Delayed 30 to 60 minutes

11,608

12%

Delayed by 60 minutes or more

5,082

5.2%

Total delayed by more than 30 minutes

16,690

17.2%

[2] http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/hunt-must-resign

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