EVERY minute must have seemed like an hour for Peter Jenkins after his wife, Audrey, collapsed in their garden.
He believed she had suffered a stroke, but waited in vain for an ambulance for 90 minutes. The response time to a stroke should be eight minutes.
The family is still seeking a full explanation, but a spokesman for Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it was unable to comment “on individual cases due to patient confidentiality.’’
Mr and Mrs Jenkins were happy to speak to the Examiner about this, thus waiving their right to confidentiality on this issue so why do we never get a proper response in these circumstances?
The YAS response was an easy answer to a tough question and neither the Examiner nor Mr and Mrs Jenkins are any the wiser.
Even if ambulance controllers were not fully aware it was a suspected stroke, is it right not to respond to an 86-year-old dementia-sufferer who had fallen in her garden and was unable to talk and was shaking uncontrollably?