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Ambulance response times hit nine-minute average

Ambulance response times hit nine-minute average

The average response time in June for ambulances in England dealing with the most urgent incidents, defined as calls from people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries, was nine minutes and six seconds, NHS England figures show.

This is up from eight minutes and 36 seconds in May.

The target standard response time for urgent incidents is seven minutes.

The record longest average response time for this category of incidents is nine minutes and 35 seconds, which was set in March this year.

A total of 8,028 people in England were waiting more than two years to start routine hospital treatment at the end of May, NHS England said.

This is down from 12,735 at the end of April but is more than three times the 2,608 people who were waiting longer than two years in April 2021.

The Government and NHS England have set the ambition to eliminate all waits of more than two years, except when it is the patient’s choice, by July this year.

Content provided by Radio NewsHub. Originally published on 2022-07-14 09:58:00.

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