Hours-long waits for ambulances anger Swindon Labour

By Barrie Hudson - 25 January 2023

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  • Cllr Jim Robbins

    Cllr Jim Robbins

Swindon Labour says new analysis has revealed that 3,481 patients with emergency conditions had to wait more 6 hours 39 minutes for an ambulance in December.

The target for patients with such conditions, such as heart attack and stroke, is 18 minutes.

Across the country, some 37,000 people with emergency conditions had to wait more than 3 hours and 40 minutes for an ambulance in December.

Cllr Jim Robbins, Swindon Labour Group Leader, said: “Thousands of people are waiting hours for an ambulance when it should be there in minutes. 

"After 13 years of Conservative failure the terrifying truth is that patients in Swindon can no longer rely on the NHS being there for them in an emergency. Heart attack and stroke victims are left waiting and waiting when every second counts.

“But Labour has a plan. The next Labour government will provide the biggest expansion of NHS staff in history to treat patients on time again, and reform the health service to make it fit for the future. 

"We will train 7,500 more doctors and 10,000 more nurses and midwives every year, paid for by abolishing the non-dom tax status. 

"Patients in Swindon need doctors and nurses more than the wealthiest need a tax break.”

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