Ambulance service fails to achieve targets

EAST Midlands Ambulance Service have said that the harsh winter weather played a part in the organisation missing performance targets.

Despite seeing just under 11,000 more patients within 8 minutes this year EMAS failed to achieve national targets of reaching 75 per cent of Category A (life threatening) 999 calls in eight minutes and 95 per cent of Category B (serious but not immediately life threatening) calls in 19 minutes.

David Farrelly, Deputy Chief Executive of EMAS, said: “We have provided a tremendous amount of care to patients this year, often in very difficult circumstances, but there is no getting away from the fact that these are deeply disappointing results for us and for our patients. We are determined to get it right for patients and regain our former status of one of the country’s top performing ambulance trusts.”