Councillors to tackle ambulance problems

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LOCAL councillors have responded to new figures that show ambulances in the East Riding are not hitting national targets for response times.

Only 68 per cent of ambulances responded to emergency calls in the East Riding within the 8 minute guideline last year, below the national target of 75 per cent.

At the East Riding of Yorkshire full council meeting yesterday, Wednesday, councillors were due to be presented with a motion by Coun Jane Evison and Coun Jonathan Owen, requesting that the Chief Executive & Chairman of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust be invited to meet with council officers to discuss what support can be offered to help service efficiency.

Coun Evison said: “It is very disappointing that residents in the East Riding are still receiving an emergency ambulance service which is inferior to other areas in Yorkshire.

“I am sure that everyone would accept that when you live in a rural area that it is more of a problem for ambulances to meet targets but what is not acceptable is that this year’s response figures are worse than last year’s and the East Riding is second worst in the region.

“The ERYC is more than willing to offer support and where possible assistance to Yorkshire Ambulance Service to help them identify ways in which both the emergency and patient transport services can be delivered more efficiently. East Riding residents need to be assured they will receive the best emergency service possible.”

Coun Owen added: “It is a shame to be revisiting issues and problems that have been highlighted before and where little progress seems to be being made.

“When the current Ambulance structure was established, Cllr Evison and I highlighted the concerns that such a large geographical area would create and our fears have been realised.

“I hope the expertise the Council has can be used to help analyse the reasons for and bring forward discussions to help the Ambulance service understand and respond to the needs of the East Riding population.”