MP questions Yorkshire ambulance chief over response times
Local MP Graham Stuart has written to Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s (YAS) Chief Executive Rod Barnes following a discussion about the “concerning” evidence of substantial local variation in emergency ambulance response performance.
Despite YAS’s previous commitments to tackle the problem, Graham expressed concern that the issue of local variation has not gone away. Graham is asking YAS to explain why response times in the HU11 and HU12 postcodes continue to fall below other areas of the constituency despite being closer to both hospitals in Hull than other, better-performing postcodes.
Graham has also asked YAS to compare its data with similar rural and coastal areas across England to check how the Service is performing against other regions with low population density.
In 2017 YAS moved onto a new priority system for ambulance responses, and Graham wants the Service to provide clear data that means YAS can be held to account against the updated national performance targets.
Graham said: “I have spoken and now written to YAS’s Chief Executive, Rod Barnes, about the continuing and concerning trend of local variation in emergency ambulance response times across Beverley and Holderness. It is worrying that performance in HU11 and HU12 postcodes remains substantially worse than that in HU19, for example, when the former are in closer proximity and en route to Hull Royal Infirmary.
“I am asking YAS to drill down into the reasons for this variation and to provide clear data to show it is being addressed. At present, I am worried that my constituents are being subjected to a postcode lottery when it comes to emergency ambulance response times.”
April 27th, 2018