RCN Addresses Ambulance Service Report
The RCN have responded to revelations from the Nuffield Trust’s report which highlights the current demands on health care
The Nuffield Trust’s report revealed that ambulances were not able to access A&E departments nearly 500 times, in only three months. The report also revealed that the number of times A&E departments closed their doors to ambulances had doubled this winter.
Anna Crossley, RCN Professional Lead for Acute, Emergency and Critical Care responded to the report, commenting that the overwhelming demands on health care are forcing ambulances to be diverted from hospitals, despite staff working tirelessly to alleviate the pressures of A&E.
“The Government must stabilise urgent and emergency care services in England. If people struggle to see a GP or do not have confidence in the advice given by the 111 line, they turn to A&E and add to the pressure and overcrowding there. It is encouraging that 111 is becoming increasingly nurse-led but further steps need to be taken to give people alternatives to England’s A&E departments.”
The RCN also disclosed that urgent response time targets were only met in 6 out of the last 49 months with Crossley saying: “Ministers must understand how critical ambulance response can be – with every extra minute the chances of surviving a potentially life threatening incident such as a heart attack or stroke decrease.”