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Ambulance Service Blasted By Barnsley MP

Wednesday November 5 2014

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."

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Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 12:56
Its a disgrace this isn't the first time this has happened it needs to change its not good enough

Reply Posted by Little fawkes on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 13:24
that greggs pasties for you

Reply Posted by tinker on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 14:19
The ambulance crew wanted to watch the end of Jeremy Kyle !

Reply Posted by Liz on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 16:23
Don't blame the ambulance service blame this government the nhs will never be safe while ever these pompous fools are in charge

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 16:30
I'm afraid it is the ambulance service who is to blame. Too many bosses and not enough people at the 'sharp end' like all so- called public services.

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 16:33
What a waste of money on those adverts that tell us to act fast. Face Arms Speech etc dial 999 act fast get an ambulance quick. It makes me laugh and cringe when I sed it as there is no way you will get an ambulance within 8 mins. It is disgusting it must have been an anxious time for ghe family

Reply Posted by David Wood on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 16:57
I blame labour its them who caused this

Reply Posted by Terry on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 18:27
There you go again Mr Wood. Give it up!!!!

Reply Posted by c on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 17:40
Rang for a ambulance twice, arrived within 5 minutes both times. Unfortunately it wasn't the case for this guy, It's what gets said on the phone to emergency phone operator's that matters its them that sends them out. It's them who tell the ambulances where to go. Its the general public who needs to explain the situation as clear as they can. Emergancy operator's can only judge situations and send available vehicals out. They do their best its just very unfortunate that the system doesn't always work. But people don't announce when thing are working well, only failure gets announced.

Reply Posted by baz on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 17:41
it is labour that caused all this and its about time here in Barnsley we wake up and stop thinking the labour party are out to help us Barnsley folk , they are not and its those lot who put this country into a mountain of debt giving cash away and taxing us all like mad to pay for it .

Reply Posted by David Wood on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 18:01
Calm down Pru you prick its all labours fault its even on calendar about it and it says its labours fault

Reply Posted by Pru on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 18:01
when has any government ever done anything for the majority of the public,still waiting for petrol prices to drop still waiting for minimum wage to increase were still going to war nurses losing there jobs soldiers losing there jobs immigrants still flooding in students been done over what do we the public get I'll tell ya sweet fa. People blaming governments are the main cause there sheeple with there head buried up there bottom. Idiots,I suppose you still think bin laden blew twin towers up.seriously get educated before making stupid comments

Reply Posted by dickie on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 19:45
Sounds like backbenchers here acting like bloody kids, mind you in saying that I bet kids are more mature and can hold a decent debate without resorting to childish name calling

Reply Posted by Tony on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 21:04
perhaps if people didn't phone ambulances for stubbed toes coughs colds and sore thoughs a bout of D&V sprained ankles ect the ambulances would be able to get to the more serious cases such as chest pains strokes and asthmas ect. A personal favourite of mine is when a relative says we will follow you down in the car, well here's one! Take them in the car when it's a minor injury.
Ambulance numbers are being cut and less crews are being put on the road at peak times whilst demand for ambulances is on the rise, staff have tried to strike to premote the fact of public safety at risk. Please support the NHS ambulances service whilst we still have one and choose wise

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 21:43
I do have to agree with that post Tony.
I concur! :nod:

Reply Posted by jan on Thursday November 6 2014 at 11:36
Well said Tony, so many timewasters ringing for an emergency ambulance, some of these people are well practiced in knowing what to say to ensure they get one. They dont for one second consider they may be occupying an ambulance that is required for a REAL emergency. It infuriates me, and Im sure the Ambulance personell feel the same way.

Reply Posted by hutchy68 on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 21:20
Its not the ambulance services fault its our joke of a government! !! God 4bid it was t appen 5 any of thete family!!

Reply Posted by Take a hike you lot on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 21:28
why don't you lot either go and create a social media room to slag each other off and focus on the real issue here !!

Well said Tony it's worrying what's happening to the NHS I read somewhere that each ambulance sent to a call cost approx of £400 to the tax payer if the ambulance service fails due to public abuse and gets privatised get your credit cards ready when the ambulance turns up.
Rather than rant on here to each other why not express your anger to the management of YAS who awarded themselves a 30% pay rise whilst cutting front line ambulances

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 21:41

Classic case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians isn't it?
Cut, Cut, Cut...

The Tories "putting the "n" in Cuts!

The Tories privatise public services and tax payers lose out in every way possible, but the uber rich don't care about us plebs do they as they get their mates to take over essential services like cancer treatment , security and more or less everything else.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday November 5 2014 at 22:03
I blame Tony Blair its all his fault all his fault and all his fault and maybe David Cameron's a little bit

Reply Posted by miss t on Thursday November 6 2014 at 07:09
I think its a disgrace...an ambulance was called for my friend...I followed ambulance to hospital....it was going everywhere but hospital...finally after reaching hospital I asked ambulance driver how come he got lost..his reply..were from Holmfirth. Been called in...another distraught couple arguing with another ambulance driver...they were from Castleford. ..what is that all about...their attitude was ridiculous. ....barnsley nhs needs a good shake up

Reply Posted by M on Thursday November 6 2014 at 07:14
the chief executive and other managers have themselves a 30% pay rise this year one interim manager who worked at YAS for about 4 months earned the equivalent to £288,000. Another management depart last week went on a team building exercise to the Yorkshire sculpture park, on tax payers money. Money that could have been put towards improving response time or buying / replacing broken equipment to improve front line service. Other manages have monthly meetings 30 plus of them at executive suits such as eland road football station where a full breakfast and 3 course dinner is provided all tax payers money
Such stories have been included in the yorkshire post and other local and national papers it would be good if the chronicle could follow suit.
It's not the front line workers the paramedics and Assistants that's are failing your ambulance service it's the management

Reply Posted by Me on Thursday November 6 2014 at 09:18
I was working behind a bar in town when a customer suffered a heart attack. I was kept on the phone while i was being asked 'is there any change' 1 hour 15 minutes it took for them to get there ... This was on a thursday night. I'm not blaming anyone ... it wasn't done on purpose by the ambulance team obviously, but it was quite distressing

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 6 2014 at 12:09
Stop the time wasters and get them to the genuine

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Thursday November 6 2014 at 13:43
If a call out is found to be a non emergency then i suggest we start to recoup the money by handing over a bill, a £400 bill for a few will suddenly focus the mind of the many.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Thursday November 6 2014 at 16:07
I agree dedatodd too many idiots using ambulances for willy billy silly billy reasons

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday November 6 2014 at 16:57
Pru is a freemason conspiracy nutter

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Thursday November 6 2014 at 17:20
I concur my mums knickers

Reply Posted by Zara on Thursday November 6 2014 at 21:01
My dad was having a heart attack and it took the ambulance 15 minutes to get to him. It's an absolute joke. They evan told him he hadn't had an heart attack when it was blatantly obvious that he had!!

Reply Posted by tim on Thursday November 6 2014 at 21:10
Steveo do you need some sort of pyciatric help?

Zara how was this obvious ? Do you read ECGs and are you able to diagnose troponin levels to diagnose the myocardial infarction

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday November 7 2014 at 07:17
tim,I can assure you that those ridiculous comments didn't come from me.
The "regulars" on here will know that is simply isn't my style.

Reply Posted by The bull has begun on Thursday November 6 2014 at 21:26
I doubt the ambulance was from holmfirth as there isn't a station in holmfirth and you followed the ambulance ! Classic could you not take your friend ? What was wrong with her ? Anything ?

Barnsley NHS does not own yorkshire ambulance service NHS all these comments on her but how many of you can actually complain to the device in writing ??
Ambulances don't go rushing into pubs / bars as there is a risk they get abused / assaulted so they have to aback the Sven is safe also not everyone that is having chest pain is having a heart attack (MI, myocardial infarction) I think but don't quote me but only about 10% others have anything from angina to trapped wind !
The problem with charging people for miss use of the ambulance service most are uneducated unemployed therefore in benefits and have no money for fines just alcohol and cigarettes

Reply Posted by GP on Thursday November 6 2014 at 22:09
At the end of the day this poor man will have suffered longer than he should and the upsetting thing is he won't be the last. So who is to blame? This government? The last? The idiot down the road who phones 999 everyday for a sniffle? The person in the car who passes someone who they think looks like they are in need of help, I'll call 999 but won't stop. Ambulance gets there, no patient. Is it the population as a whole who are living longer but not necessarily with any real quality of life. Is it the nursing home that calls repeatedly when their residents fall over and they have a "no lifting policy". We could blame the GP's for using the ambulance service like a personal taxi service, the police for palming drunks off as a medical emergency or we could blame society for being soft.

In truth it's all of the above and we can blame a lot more things too. No longer is 999 a last resort, it's now the first port of call. And while I'm on a rant, no you don't get seen quicker in a&e if u go by ambulance and you can make your own way there in your own car.

I've work in the ambulance service for 10 years and in that time the amount of calls has more than doubled. The amount of resources to deal with those calls has stayed the same if not got smaller. It is ridiculous that people have to wait over an hour when having a stroke or a heart attack but ask yourself why? It's not just one reason it's a lot of reasons combined. Do you think the crews want to attend to the regular who calls everyday or to dress a grazed knee at a school so mummy and daddy don't take legal action against the education system. I know what I would rather be doing and that's treating genuine people who need us not baby sitting minor injuries and ailments.

Reply Posted by J.Mac on Thursday November 6 2014 at 22:25
Well said G.P

Reply Posted by Dr Deadbeat on Monday November 10 2014 at 20:31
I can assure you those ridiculous comments didn't come from me
The regulars on hear will know it simply is my style just I use a different name for that