Arnika Paranjape
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 5, 05 May 2017, pp 189

Winter of 2016-17 saw a record number of ambulances
being turned away by Accident and Emergency (A&E)
departments due to overcrowding. Unsurprisingly, this had
a knock-on effect on the emergency service response times.
Attending to patients turned away by A&E for longer periods
of time meant that other patients in need of emergency care
were left waiting for an ambulance. Around 12% of the serious
Category A emergency calls did not meet the response time
target of 19 minutes this winter.

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