From BBC Wales yesterday:
A family claim the Welsh Government is “playing with people’s lives” after axing ambulance waiting time targets to reach suspected stroke victims. Mair Gore’s family said she was told to wait two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance after having a stroke in her home – and claim she waited five hours before getting the drugs she needed. They now want ambulance response targets for strokes to be reinstated. Strokes are in the amber category of the ambulance 999 traffic light priority list – and emergency response time targets were scrapped for all but the life-threatening red category cases in 2015.
In England the target time is still in place but is 180 minutes! In Scotland, the targets are broken down and considerably more likely to save lives:
Stroke-related deaths have been falling consistently, 12% in 9 years, despite soaring by more than 600% in demand, under the SNP administration of the NHS: