Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s ‘red’ response failures to be probed by council

Ambulances at Leeds General Infirmary's Jubilee Wing.
Ambulances at Leeds General Infirmary's Jubilee Wing.
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Ambulance service chiefs will be quizzed over a drop in response times to life-threatening incidents tomorrow.

A special meeting of Leeds City Council’s health scrutiny board will look into failings which led Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) to fall well below national standards in its response to the most serious ‘red’ calls last month.

Guidelines state the service should be attending 75 per cent of red emergency call-outs within eight minutes, but managed just over 60 per cent across the county in December.

YAS bosses claim its dramatic dip in performance came during an “unprecedented” spike in demand, with numbers of red call-outs surging by 18 per cent.

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s health reporter Jonathan Brown will be live tweeting from the meeting at Leeds Civic Hall tomorrow from 2pm.

Follow @JonnyBrownYEP on Twitter for live updates.