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Ambulance calls for most serious conditions hit record


Last month saw the highest number of ambulance callouts for life-threatening conditions since records began, NHS England officials say.

There were more than 85,000 category one calls, for situations like cardiac arrests and people stopping breathing.

The heatwave could have been one reason for increased demand, but experts say hospitals already face immense pressures.

Nearly 30,000 patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted to hospital.

The number is up 33% on the previous month and the highest since records began in 2010.

Richard Murray, chief executive of The King's Fund said the pressure on hospitals was also being felt right across the health and social care system.

He added: "At the end of July, 13,014 people were still in hospital beds despite being medically fit to be discharged, often due to a lack of available social care support. The challenges affecting the NHS cannot be solved without addressing the issues in social care."

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Source BBC News, 12 August 2022

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