MSP seeks action over ambulance delays

A North-east MSP has called for an urgent investigation into local ambulance delays.

It comes after new figures uncovered by Scottish Liberal Democrats revealed it took more than 20 minutes to respond to life-threatening incidents in the area on hundreds of occasions in the last year.

North East Scotland Lib Dem MSP Alision McInnes has also warned the Scottish Government needs to do more to ensure response times improve.

According to the figures, in Inverurie ambulances took longer than 20 minutes to respond to life-threatening ‘category A’ emergency calls on 21 occasions in 2013-14. Other areas most frequently seeing ambulances taking longer than 20 minutes to respond to a category A calls included Huntly (17 occasions) and Ellon (13).

The Scottish Government response time target for a ‘category A’ incident is eight minutes.

Mrs McInnes said: “Our ambulance service does fantastic, life-saving work in our communities every day. But I think ambulance service staff would be amongst the first to recognise that the figures for towns and villages across the North-east are hugely concerning.”