Sussex crews working out how to get to the nearest A&E
Do’h, even Homer could work this one out: Close A&E departments + make ambulances drive further to take patients to hospitals = less ambulances available for calls = response times fall. It’s not rocket science but Commissar Hewitt still hasn’t worked it out.
So it comes as no surprise to read that Mid Sussex is seeing a substantial fall in response times following the “downgrading of hospital services at Crawley Hospital and at the Princess Royal, which lost emergency surgery to Brighton 18 months ago under ‘Best Care, Best Place’ “
Sussex’s powerful Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee has requested detailed ambulance statistics from South East Coast Ambulance Service and has warned if evidence is not provided by February to show that ambulance journey times meet required standards under ‘Best Care, Best Place’, the issue could be referred to the Secretary of State for Health.
Once again, patient care can ‘go to hell’ – its all about how quickly you get a monkey on scene.