Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ambulances Regularly Arrive Late

According to the norms, ambulances in 95% of emergencies such as life threatening situations and serious traffic accidents have to arrive at the scene within 15 minutes. However, in 320 out of the 415 Dutch communities, the norms are not met. On the basis of an analysis of 1.3 million cases, the ambulances arrive on time in 93% of the cases. The average however, is not representative because in large communities, they are frequently on time, whereas in the peripheries, it doesn’t even reach 90%. The worst is the Millingen aan de Rijn community, where, in 84% of the cases, the ambulance arrives too late.

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