Ambulances are delayed and the ER waits the worst, but the waiting list is falling

Ambulance response times and A&E wait times are at their worst on record, although the number of people on the NHS waiting list has fallen slightly, new figures show.

NHS England data shows that the average response time for ambulances in December to the most urgent incidents, defined as calls from people with life-threatening illness or injury, was 10 minutes and 57 seconds.

This is the all-time worst performance and is compared to a target of seven minutes.

Figures for England also showed a record 54,532 people who waited more than 12 hours in emergency rooms from an admission decision to actual admission in the past month.

And the proportion of patients seen in England’s emergency departments within four hours fell to a record low of 65% in December.

Elsewhere, the waiting list for routine treatments like cataract surgery and hip replacements has fallen slightly to 7.19 million people from a record 7.21 million.

It comes a day after up to 25,000 ambulance workers went on strike in a dispute with the government over pay.

More strikes are planned, with nurses set to be laid off next Wednesday and Thursday, and another strike by ambulances the week after, on January 23. Ambulances are delayed and the ER waits the worst, but the waiting list is falling

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