NIAS missed eight minute standard most months in west


The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) failed to meet Department of Health targets for responding to life-threatening calls in the Western area in all but three months over the past year.

According to the Health Minister Edwin Poots 72.5 per cent of all life-threatning calls across Northern Ireland should be responded to within eight minutes.

And no less than 67.5 per cent of life-threatening calls should be responded to within eight minutes in any Local Commissioning Group (LCG).

However, over the past twelve months the NIAS consistently provide unable to meet this standard.

Whilst over September (72.1 per cent), October (71.5 per cent) and November (69 per cent) the NIAS didn’t fall below the 67.5 per cent standard, this wasn’t the case for every other month between April 2013 and February 2014.

The worst response rate in the west was recorded in December 2013 (62.9 per cent), rising to 66.1 per cent in January 2014 and 65.7 per cent in February.

Last week the Sentinel reported how over 100 ambulances responding to emergency calls in the Western Trust in the first six months of last year didn’t have a paramedic on board.