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Could ambulance delays cost lives?

Could ambulance delays cost lives?

Published at 8:26am 2nd December 2016. (Updated at 12:43pm 2nd December 2016)

There are serious concerns over ambulance response times in Pateley Bridge.

It follows reports of some people with life-threatening conditions waiting up to two hours for paramedics to arrive.

Crews are often spending long periods of time at hospitals waiting to hand over patients, which means they can't deal with other emergencies.

Town councillor Tony Brown told Stray FM: "I guess what happens is that the more densely populated areas, the towns and the cities, the resources are positioned closer to them for obvious reasons, but it does leave the Dales and Pateley Bridge with virtually no service, which is not acceptable.

"People in this town are all paying their taxes, all contributing, all deserve the same level of service and they're not getting it. I hate to say it, but one of these days, somebody is going to pay the ultimate cost."

Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith recently attended a meeting with Pateley Bridge Town Council to discuss the concerns.

They were joined by a union representative who spoke about the A&E Transformation Programme, which includes changes to staff rotas, and a Community First Responder who gave an update on the pressures facing volunteers.

Mr Smith has already held talks with the Chief Executive of Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS).

He said: "This is an issue that I am very aware of and I am taking an active interest in following concerning reports earlier this year about the ambulance service's slow response times.

"It is reassuring to see YAS, the local authorities and others involved with ambulance provision all working together to address these serious problems. However, I remain concerned and I will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Stray FM has contacted Yorkshire Ambulance Service and is waiting for a response.