HC Deb 30 April 2003 vol 404 cc425-6W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2003,Official Report, column 76W, on ambulance trusts, what information in relation to A&E waits by ambulances his Department has requested trusts to collect; and where that information is held. [107721]

Mr. Lammy

The Department has asked ambulance trusts to provide information on the number of delays of 15 minutes or more between the time of arrival of an ambulance at accident and emergency (A&E) and the hand-over of the patient to the care of the A&E staff.

This information is fast track internal management information only and is not validated and is of poor quality. Coverage is not complete and interpretation of the definition is inconsistent and it is therefore not appropriate for publication under exemption 11 of the code of practice on access to Government information.

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