The new ambulance response times are truly shocking and raise serious questions about whether East Midlands Ambulance Service is fit for purpose.
Last year the service failed to hit 24 of its 32 response time targets.
Shockingly, it failed to hit a single target in the last six months of the year, with performance declining with each month that passed.
And don’t forget, these are minimum targets that they are failing to achieve.
The service’s managers know that this is unacceptable and say something will be done, but we have heard this all before.
Year after year we report that the service has failed to hit response times, and year after year the management tells us that they have a plan to improve the situation.
Yet nothing really changes.
We are told that patients who suffer potentially life-threatening injuries have a much better chance of survival if they are treated within the first 60 minutes of suffering their injury.
It is hard not to wonder how many people have lost their chance of life, however slim, because of the poor response times.
Perhaps the time has come for a fundamental change to the way ambulance services are provided.
East Midlands Ambulance Service seems unable to achieve what it is supposed to, so maybe it should be the next casualty.
Neil Pickford, Editor