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Ambulance delays rising

18th May 2012

Ambulance waiting times are rising in the south east of England, it has emerged.

Ambulances are spending more time outside hospitals in Kent, Sussex and Surrey with South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) figures showing that ambulances had 36,000 hours "handover time" in 2011/12, 50% more than three years ago. The College of Paramedics has raised concerns over the issue and has said it is a major risk to patient safety. The usual handover time is about 15 minutes but in some cases that can be more than two hours.


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