SOUTH Lakeland heart attack and stroke victims are waiting nearly half an hour for ambulances.

Potential heart attack and stroke victims in South Lakeland are waiting an average of 29 minutes and 3 seconds for an ambulance to arrive, shocking new figures have revealed.

The data was obtained through a Freedom of Information request by the Liberal Democrats, who are calling for urgent action to tackle local ambulance delays.

The figures show that the NHS target of 18 minutes for Category 2 ambulance calls, which covers urgent incidents like strokes and potential heart attacks, is being badly missed in South Lakeland. 

Ambulance delays have also significantly worsened in recent years, with the average response time increasing by 44% for Category 2 calls since 2019.

The average response time for Category 1 calls, which are the most urgent and life-threatening, was 11 minutes and 54 seconds, up 25.93% since 2019.

The Mail: Tim Farron MPTim Farron MP (Image: Newsquest)

Tim is backing the Liberal Democrat’s five point plan to support local ambulance services, which would see a paramedic recruitment campaign and improvements in social care to reduce pressures on hospital beds. 

Tim Farron said: “Behind these figures are devastating stories of pensioners left stranded for hours, or families in the South Lakes watching a loved one die before a paramedic could reach them.

“Paramedics on the frontline do an incredible job day in day out, looking after people in their time of need. But our overstretched local NHS services are collapsing under the strain of years of neglect under this Conservative government.

“We have provided a clear plan to tackle these shocking delays and make sure ambulances reach people on time in an emergency. That means addressing workforce shortages, fixing the social care crisis and ending the shortage of hospital beds, all of which are leaving patients in ambulances stuck outside A&E for hours.”