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Response Times Improve at              Yorkshire Ambulance Service

03 September 2010

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has announced that Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust has made sufficient improvement to emergency response times and it would now lift the condition it had imposed on the Trust’s licence.

The independent regulator of health and social care in England imposed the condition on 1 April 2010 when it introduced a tough new registration system for all NHS trusts. At the time of registration, the CQC was concerned about the Trust’s failure to meet national targets on ambulance response times, in particular, the target requiring ambulances to respond to patient with potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

However, following a series of visits to the Trust in June and July 2010, the CQC found that the region’s ambulance service has significantly improved response times and had a detailed plan in place to sustain the achievement. 

Simon Worthington, pictured right, Acting Chief Executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said: “We are pleased that our registration with the Care Quality Commission is now complete and the condition being lifted is a reflection of the significant efforts of all our staff over the last year.

“The Trust is currently exceeding the Category A national response time target and, year-to-date, is reaching 76.6% patients with potentially life-threatening illnesses and injuries within 8 inutes.           The national standard is 75% in 8 minutes.

“Patients remain our highest priority and we would like to reassure members of the public that we are committed to sustaining this level of performance and continuing to provide a high quality ambulance service in Yorkshire.

"Every second counts when someone is seriously ill or injured and we will work closely with our healthcare partners to help make further improvements to our response times for the benefit of patients.

“Response times are not the only measure of the service we provide to our patients and, at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, we are proud of the high quality clinical care given by our staff.”

To view the full details of the report click on the following link to the CQC website: 

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