Before the Conservatives started cutting frontline emergency services, ambulances could usually be relied on to arrive within minutes of being called:
Speed of response is especially important in emergencies where the patient is in cardiac arrest, in which delays of minutes or even seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
But today, after 7 years of Tory cuts, the average waiting times is nearer to 28 minutes.
And a whistleblower at a large Ambulance Trust has revealed emergency patients are now sometimes having to wait hours for an ambulance to arrive – leading to scores of deaths.
An unnamed non-executive director of the East of England Ambulance Trust has leaked a dossier of recent ambulance call outs – with response times from initial call to times of arrival – and the outcomes for the patients.
It shows patients dying after having to wait as long as 16 hours for an ambulance:
Who is stupid enough to keep voting for this?