Enfield currently ranks 27th out of 31 London areas for ambulance response times to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls, according to the latest London Ambulance Service (LAS) figures.
In Enfield, in September, only 47% of ambulances arrived to assist patients in dire need within the LAS’ eight minute target time. Whilst that figure had improved to 52% for October, this still falls far short of the LAS’ goal to respond to 75% of Category A calls inside eight minutes. Only Haringey, Ealing, Barnet and Waltham Forest had worse figures in October.
Between May and October 2014, the target time met for Category A response calls in Enfield dropped from 68% to 52% - a fall of 16% in six months.
This downward trajectory is reflected in average LAS response times throughout the capital. Between May and October, Category A calls responded to within the eight minute target time have slipped, on average, from 69% to 58%.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Enfield North, said:
“Patients in dire need require urgent assistance. In some cases their lives may depend on it.
It is of great concern that, in Enfield, we are now seeing emergency ambulances missing the target time for half of all Category A calls.
This is unacceptable. I fear these figures may deteriorate further, given we are now in winter.
The people of Enfield need a service that can be relied upon and the LAS’ dedicated staff needs greater support. Unfortunately, this will not be forthcoming from a Tory-led government which, locally, has already downgraded facilities at Chase Farm Hospital and which, nationally, seems more interested in putting profits before patient care.”
- The latest LAS response times figures can be found here.