NHS England risked lives by changing 999 rules for ambulances in 2017

By stewartb

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.’

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40592286 )

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.

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