15 thoughts on “BBC Complaint: Ambulance waiting times ‘across UK’ this morning

  1. I admire your indefatigability!

    I am sure that in due course a full and contrite apology from the BBC will be winging its way to you. I stress that the word “sure” does not imply that you will actually receive one.

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  2. The BBC are going down the same black hole as the Tories, thank goodness we have someone willing to watch their evil tactics and complain.
    No doubt about there being any meaningful reply – but we are all taking notes!!

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  3. I know I speak for many of your followers John be assured your sterling efforts in showing up the failures of our MSM are not just confined to us alone. We spread this information far and wide to counter the propaganda spewing from them daily so please keep it going as long as you can…. no pressure mind.

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  4. In case they come back to you on the Scottish data, I’ve recently discovered that PHS provide ED-only results. For September, where the overall result is 76.1%, the ED-only result is 73.8% – so still comfortably above the English (Type 1) value of 64%.

    The source for ED-only data says –
    “This standard (95% processed in not more than 4 hours) applies to all attendances for emergency care including attendances in trolleyed areas of assessment units as well as Emergency Departments (ED) and minor injury units (MIU).”

    I’m not clear what “assessment units” refers to, but the ED-only results exclude them as well as MIU’s – so it may be more exclusionary than the Type 1 results?

    Anyway, would it be more appropriate to compare Type 1 with ED-only?


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    1. Regarding “assessment units” these are usually referred to as Acute Assessment Units, and referrals are made to them by GPS etc direct, not necessarily via A&E so probably not directly comparable

      The AAU is a dedicated facility for the acute clinical care of patients that present to hospital as clinical emergencies or who develop an acute clinical problem while in hospital. The units may also carry out some planned healthcare.

      Generally these units have both trolleyed areas and staffed beds which form part of the hospitals bed complement. Where trolleys are used in lieu of beds, patients should be counted as inpatients.

      Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is the preferred term for services also known as:

      * medical/surgical assessment unit
      * combined assessment units
      * clinical assessment units
      * acute medical (assessment) units
      * paediatric assessment units
      * acute receiving ward/unit
      * admission unit

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      1. Ditto which I have just finished watching albeit rather painfully and Swinney’s responses which brings me back to a previous reply to another post. There seems to be an increasing tendancy within the SNP these days to act in a very contrite manner when fending off aggressive questions both in the media and Parliament which I find irritating. I don’t know if they believe that shows compassion but in my view it just shows weakness and incompetence. Todays FM’s Q’s was fairly typical when as John as show countless times the markedly better performance by SNHS the Scot Gov seem at times almost incapable of making the case using data. It is frustrating for viewers but must be more so for the many hardworking SNHS staff to hear their work undermined continually.

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  5. The headline says

    “Lives at risk from long 999 waits, say paramedics”


    “Lives are at risk because patients are facing unacceptably long waits for a 999 response, the College of Paramedics has told the BBC.

    It comes as NHS data shows callouts for problems such as heart attacks and strokes are taking nearly three times as long as they should in England.

    Targets are being missed in the rest of UK too, with some seriously-ill waiting up to nine hours for an ambulance.

    Investigations are ongoing into deaths linked to delays in a number of areas.”

    The article omits to say by how much ‘the rest of the UK’ are missing their targets, and in particular which part of the UK has “some seriously-ill waiting up to nine hours”?

    It continues..

    “The BBC has found reports of numerous serious incidents.

    Cases involve both waits for crews to reach patients, as well as delays when ambulances arrive at A&E but spend hours queuing outside, because the hospital is too overcrowded to accept the patient.

    Margaret Root, 82, waited nearly six hours for an ambulance to come following a stroke, and she then waited for another three hours outside hospital.

    When she was finally admitted, her family was told it was too late to give her the drugs needed to reverse the effects of the stroke.”

    The BBC article omits to say if it happened in England or which part of ‘the rest of the UK.

    It was reported elsewhere. This article is from the 4th November 2021


    “Anger as stroke victim waits at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for hours in ambulance outside

    Grandmother Margaret Root is recovering from her ordeal at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital”

    I could find one instance in the BBC article which specifically mentions Scotland (“the rest of the UK” has several mentions).

    It says –

    “The head of the Scottish Ambulance Service, Pauline Howie, recently made an apology to the public, describing the pressures being faced as “unprecedented”.”

    A BBC article that appears to be about the state of the ambulance service in the UK, is in fact about the state of the service in England.

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