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Ambulance Service

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the average response time for ambulances answering emergency calls; and what is the percentage of response times taking 20 minutes or more for the counties of (a) Clwyd and (b) Gwynedd for the last five years for which figures are available.

Recommended response times for ambulances answering emergency calls are based on eight minutes for the 50 percentile and 20 minutes for the 95 percentile. The 50 percentile may be taken as the median of the total number of calls. Figures for the last five years in Clwyd and Gwynedd are as follows:

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

(in minutes)

Clwyd

50 percentile78886
95 percentile1618171617

Gwynedd

50 percentile88777
95 percentile2020201920

The percentage of calls in which the response time was more than 20 minutes are as follows:

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

Clwyd33233
Gwynedd55545