123 deaths caused by am­bu­lance de­lays

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Mar­tyn Halle by Karen Rock­ett

THE NHS ad­mits 123 pa­tients have died be­cause of am­bu­lance de­lays.

Some deaths were re­lated to queues on ar­rival at ac­ci­dent and emer­gency departments.

And of­fi­cials agree the full death list may be higher be­cause some have not been re­ported.

The shock­ing toll stretches over the last four years, ac­cord­ing to NHS Im­prove­ment which is re­spon- sible for im­prov­ing safety in the health ser­vice. A fur­ther 279 pa­tients suf­fered se­vere harm due to de­lays, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures ob­tained by the GMB union. A to­tal of 4,461 am­bu­lance pa­tients were harmed in some way due to ac­cess, ad­mis­sion, trans­fer or dis­charge prob­lems.

And the GMB warns am­bu­lance re­sponse times ap­pear to be wors­en­ing.

Kevin Brand­stat­ter, the union’s na­tional of­fi­cer, said: “It’s sadly no sur­prise these de­lays are cost­ing lives.

“This is a ter­ri­ble in­dict­ment of the lack of in­vest­ment in the NHS lead­ing to a lack of enough staff.

“This is a na­tional scan­dal and the Gov­ern­ment is solely to blame.” An NHS Im­prove­ment spokesman said: “The in­for­ma­tion we get is pro­vided on a vol­un­tary ba­sis by NHS or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“There may well be more than 123 deaths as re­port­ing is not com­pul­sory.” GARETH Gates ap­pears to have raided girl­friend Faye Brookes’ wardrobe as he turns out for the Diva mag­a­zine awards in a very fig­ure-hug­ging sil­ver vel­vet trouser suit.

The Pop Idol run­ner-up, 33, met Coro­na­tion Street star Faye when they starred to­gether in Legally Blonde: The Mu­si­cal, shortly be­fore he split from his wife Suzanne.

Faye, 30, wore a metal­lic rose gown and nude heels.

HOLD-UPS: Am­bu­lances

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