Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

999 Bosses Set to Meet over Delays at Hospitals

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

999 Bosses Set to Meet over Delays at Hospitals

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AMBULANCE bosses were to hold a crunch meeting today, amid fears that delays they are facing outside hospitals could be putting lives at risk.

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) was expected to call for health bosses across the region to tackle problems they say are forcing ambulances to queue for hours outside hospitals.

Paramedics for the NEAS, an NHS Foundation Trust, say they are unable to move on to other jobs quickly because of the delays in admitting or transferring patients they have transported to hospital.

And they fear this could be putting lives at risk, as NEAS narrowly failed to meet the national target of responding to 75% of life-threatening calls within eight minutes during the three months to December 31.

The Gazette has previously reported how, on December 10, a total of 10 ambulances were waiting at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough at one point.

Of these, four had been waiting more than an hour to transfer the patients they had attended to. …

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