Ambulance response a ‘postcode lottery’
The waiting time experienced by patients using ambulance services across the UK has been described as a ‘postcode lottery’ with services in Lincolnshire being rated among the longest waits.
Data collated over the last year has shown that patients in Lincolnshire who were suspected to have suffered a heart attack were waiting four times as long as the national target.
Under the NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board patients who are in immediate danger experienced an average waiting time of 13 minutes and 43 seconds.
The former NHS Lincolnshire East CCG had an average wait time of 12 minutes and 53 seconds.
NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG had wait times of one hour, nine minutes and 25 seconds.
The target is seven minutes.
The Liberal Democrat’s have accused the situation of being a “stark postcode lottery.”
Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Daisy Cooper said: “This stark postcode lottery means that if you suffer a heart attack or stroke, your chances of getting to hospital on time depend on where you happen to live.”