Ambulance staff ‘pushed to limit’

Mark Ainsworth

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Mark Ainsworth pronounced new staff were being recruited from universities, Poland and Australia

Staff during an ambulance trust that has missed response time targets 5 months in a quarrel are being “pushed to a extent any day”, a trainer says.

National standards foreordain ambulances should strech a many critical 999 calls within 8 minutes, 75% of a time.

South Central Ambulance Service has not achieved this aim given May.

Director of operations Mark Ainsworth blamed a high direct and high turnover of staff. Unison pronounced members were “exhausted” and “leaving in droves”.

“We are endangered a staff are being pushed to a extent any day with a direct on a service,” he said.

“We are doing all we can to try and urge that,” he added.

‘Demand increasing’

In October, 70.% of ambulances on “red one” calls arrived within 8 minutes.

Since a same month final year, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has strike a aim of 75% in 4 out of 12 months.

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