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Gedling Labour candidate reveals heart attack victims face over two-hour wait for ambulance

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A prospective Gedling MP has revealed that heart attack victims in the borough now face a two-hour wait for an ambulance.

Michael Payne, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Gedling, shared new official figures published this week, which reveal that category 2 (emergencies including heart attacks and strokes) patients are waiting an average of 2 hours 16 minutes for an ambulance in Gedling.

“The figures are staggering,” said Payne.

“After 13 years of Conservative government our NHS faces the worst crisis in its history. The terrifying truth is that patients in an emergency in Gedling can no longer be sure the NHS will be there for them.

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“In the week starting 2 January 2023, at Nottingham Hospitals NHS Trust 43% of all ambulances were waiting 30 minutes or more to hand over their patients to A&E staff. It should only take 15 minutes.”

“The longer the Tories are in power, the longer patients will wait for care – but Labour has a plan to get our health service back on its feet. We would bring about one of the biggest NHS workforce expansions in its history – funded by abolishing the unfair non-dom status for the super rich.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “We recognise the pressures the NHS is under and are taking urgent action to support the ambulance service and staff so they can deliver high quality care to patients.”

“This included an additional £500m for freeing up hospital beds, and £3.3bn per year for the next two years announced in this month’s autumn statement.”

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