Ambulance Services

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many category A, B and C emergency calls were made to each regional ambulance trust in England and Wales in each month since May 2010; and how many such calls were responded to within target since May 2010.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The information requested, as available, has been placed in table format in the Library.

The number of category A (immediately life threatening) calls made monthly to each ambulance trust in England since May 2010 is shown in table 1.

The number of category A calls made monthly to each ambulance trust in England since May 2010 resulting in an emergency response arriving at the scene of the incident within eight minutes, meeting the A8 national response target, is shown in table 2.

The number of category A calls made monthly to each ambulance trust in England since April 2011 resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene within 19 minutes, meeting the A19 national response target, is shown in table 3.

Data on category A calls resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene within 19 minutes are available only by financial year before April 2011 and are available as a percentage of total calls rather than the number; these data were not centrally collected on a monthly basis before April 2011. The percentage of category A calls made to each ambulance trust in England resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene within 19 minutes in 2010-11 is shown in table 4.

Data on category B (serious but not immediately life threatening) and category C (conditions that are not immediately serious or life threatening) calls are available only by financial year. It should be noted that category B was removed from 1 April 2011. The number of category B calls made to each ambulance trust in England in 2010-11 is shown in table 5. The number of category C calls made to each ambulance trust in England in 2010-11 and 2011-12 is shown in table 5.

The number of category B calls responded to within target is not centrally collected. The percentage of category B calls responded to within 19 minutes, meeting the B19 target in 2010-11 is shown in table 4.

There is no national response time target for category C calls; since 1 October 2004, local national health service organisations have had responsibility for managing and monitoring the ways in which local services respond to category C calls.

The Department does not collect data for Wales; the ambulance service in Wales is a matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.

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