A BARNSLEY man had to wait an hour for an ambulance after suffering a stroke in Greggs.

Kenny Bailey, 48, of Viewlands, Silkstone Common, had the stroke in June while out with his wife Emma and their two children.

Figures from NHS England revealed 31 per cent of 'life-threatening' calls and 32 per cent of 'serious' calls in July were not responded to within the target time of eight minutes.

Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher wrote to David Whiting, the chief executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service, after hearing about Kenny's story.

Mr Dugher has sought clarification on why it took the ambulance so long to reach Kenny, and what actions were being put in place to make sure it does not happen again.

He said: "I was horrified to see that a Barnsley resident, who suffered a massive stroke in Stairfoot, had to wait more than an hour for an ambulance to arrive.

"People in Barnsley must be confident that in any emergency situation, the ambulance service will be able to provide an appropriately quick and speedy response. Lives depend on it.

"That this Barnsley dad and his family were left waiting for over an hour is a complete disgrace."