Rise in calls increases ambulance pressure

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THE trust that runs ambulance services in Hampshire said it has seen an increase in the number of high-priority calls.

As reported, figures from NHS England show South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) got to red category calls within eight minutes only 71.9 per cent of the time in November.

The government target is 75 per cent, however the national average was only 71.8 per cent.

Mark Ainsworth, operations director for Scas, said: ‘The nature of red category calls can be unpredictable both in frequency and in geographical location of 999 incidents.

‘There has been a 22 per cent increase in calls received in November 2014 compared to November 2013.

‘The pressures throughout the healthcare system can affect ambulance response times.’