Headline: Fewer ambulance 999 calls to be classed as ‘life-threatening’ – by Nick Triggle, BBC Health correspondent (13 July 2017)
‘Fewer 999 ambulance calls will be classed as life-threatening and needing a super-fast response in the biggest shake-up of the service in 40 years.
‘The move by the NHS in England – and agreed by ministers – will result in about 8% of call-outs being classed as needing the quickest response.
‘Currently half of call-outs are, but many are not serious or could wait longer for paramedics to arrive.’
This article (of course!) gives no indication of anything contentious about reducing the number of top priority ambulance responses from 50% down to 8% in England.