ONE in five ambulances are being delayed by half an hour or more in 20 NHS trusts.
Winter figures also show one in ten people arriving at A&E by ambulance were held up. One in three at Shrewbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust were delayed by 30 minutes or more.
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Jonathan Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, said: “It’s simply unacceptable. After years of starving the NHS of cash it needs and failure to recruit enough staff, it means patients are paying the price yet again.”
Six trusts have reported no ambulance delays so far this winter.
A Department of Health spokesperson said: “Thanks to hardworking staff, there have been fewer ambulance handover delays than this time last year.”