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Ambulance Response Times

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what percentage of emergency ambulance call outs met the emergency response time within the Northern Board area in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; (110822)

(2) what percentage of emergency ambulance call outs met emergency response times within the catchment area of the Mid-Ulster hospital in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06.

Two response targets apply during the relevant periods.

During the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was required to achieve a response rate of 50 per cent. of all 999 calls in eight minutes, or, 95 per cent. of all 999 calls in 18 minutes (rural) or 21 minutes (sparsely populated). The response rates for the northern health and social services board (NHSSB) and Mid-Ulster areas during those years, are as follows:

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Percentage responses within eight minutes

NHSSB

45

42

43

Mid-Ulster

41

46

40

Percentage responses within 21 minutes

NHSSB

92

91

91

Mid-Ulster

93

92

89

During the 2005-06 year the ambulance service was required to achieve the national target of responding to 75 per cent. of Category A (life threatening) calls within eight minutes. The response rates for the NHSSB and Mid-Ulster areas are as follows:

2005-06

Percentage responses within eight minutes

NHSSB

44

Mid-Ulster

38