Ambulance Trusts fiddle data16th August 2006
The Department of Health has admitted that almost a fifth of England’s ambulance trusts misreported their response times to make it appear that they were meeting targets.
An audit found that six of the thirty-one pre-merger ambulance trusts in England had not been recording response times data according to official guidance.
The targets require that 75 per cent of emergency calls should receive responses within eight minutes. On average, the response times claimed were about 6 per cent better than actually achieved.
The trusts involved were West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Cumbria, West Midlands, the West Country and Staffordshire. The department said that all of them had corrected their procedures, but there will be follow-up audits.
Lord Warner, the Health Minister said:
"These irregularities affected only a minority of trusts. Patient safety was not compromised and all trusts are now reporting correctly.
However, the Department of Health takes misreporting of NHS performance data extremely seriously and is determined to ensure transparency and consistency in reporting."
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Title: Ambulance Trusts fiddle data
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 661
Date Added: 16th Aug 2006