NHS Ambulance Shortage

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The NHS has been struggling with an availability of ambulances in recent times.[1] The problem is not with the number of ambulances, but rather that the ambulances are delayed when handing over a patient to the hospital while the hospital find a suitable bed. This is caused by a bed shortage in the NHS, often caused by bed blockers who are well enough to be discharged, but too infirm to look after themselves. Therefore, they cannot be discharged to their house alone and must be passed to an appropriate social care provider. Being a separate institution to the NHS, arranging this social care can take time.

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  1. Ambulance response times: Only Wales sees improvement