(by The Exposé) – The National Health Service has confirmed in response to a freedom of information request that ambulance call-outs relating to immediate care required for a debilitating condition affecting the heart nearly doubled in the whole of 2021 and are still on the rise further in 2022. But the most concerning published figures show that they have also doubled among people under the age of 30.
On the 25th April 2022, Duncan Husband sent a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation trust requesting to know the following –
‘Can you please tell me, under the Freedom Of Information Act,
The amount of call outs for patients with heart conditions per year, between 1st January 2017 and present day?
The amount of call outs for patients with strokes per year, between 1st January 2017 and present day?
If possible, can you also give me the total number of the above patients who were under 30.
Can you give me the monthly stats for each year please?’
The NHS responded on the 18th May with a spreadsheet containing the requested information.
The following table is the one provided by the NHS for the number of overall ambulance call-outs for heart conditions by month and year –