Further to the News Release issued earlier today concentrating on
‘Criterion 1’, Michael Fabricant also says: "As well as the speed of
emergency response, Criterion 1, the other major criterion is number 5:
the ‘return of spontaneous circulation’ (ROSC). This highlights the fact
that in Staffordshire, the Ambulance Service resuscitates and delivers
to hospital alive 60% of patients who have effectively died whereas West
Midlands can only achieve 35% with the national average being 26%. This
is a national tragedy which must not be repeated in Staffordshire.
"It is pointless getting to patients within 8 minutes if you then watch
them die. The irony of the Government’s targets is that if a paramedic
arrives on scene within 8 minutes and the patient dies it is seen as a
success but if he arrives in 9 minutes and successfully resuscitates the
patient it is seen as failure. This is the sort of nonsense we are up
against" Michael adds.