October coverage of police taking "life or death" patients to hospital
No incidents known to NEAS
In October, newspapers and broadcasters carried claims
that police officers in the North East were taking patients in
"life or death" situations to hospital - however, we have no
record of even one of these incidents happening.
If anyone can provide us with an example of a critically ill
patient being taken to hospital in the North East by a police
officer we are happy to investigate. Being open and accountable is
extremely important to us.
Ambulances are allocated on the needs of a patient. If a plumber
calls having discovered someone having a heart attack, his call
will take precedence over a police officer who has a patient with
Non-life-threatening incidents have a 30-minute response time,
and sometimes, officers do independantly take these types of
patients to hospital rather than wait on the vehicle. It's
important to stress though that we do not request or expect police
officers to take patients to hospital.
Like all English ambulance services, NEAS is funded to reach 75%
of the most serious calls within 8 minutes. Up until the end of
September 2013, NEAS was achieving 79.7% - one of the highest
levels in the country.