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The EEAS mentioned that they didn’t recognise the hospitals figures on ambulance handover delays

Discrepancies in ambulance handover delay figures have been labelled as “worrying” by an MP.

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital reported 36 ambulance handover delays of greater than 30 minutes within the week ending Christmas Eve.

However the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) mentioned there have been 445 over the identical interval.

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, mentioned “we have to know why” there’s such a “enormous discrepancy”.

The EEAS Director of Service Supply Kevin Brown mentioned the service “didn’t recognise the information” launched by the hospital.

He added: “Our crews and their sufferers have skilled intensive handover delays in Norfolk over the winter interval, significantly on the Norfolk and Norwich College Hospital.

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“Our information reveals there have been handover delays at [the hospital] on daily basis in January.”

The Norfolk and Norwich College Hospital mentioned it acquired extra ambulance arrivals than every other hospital within the East of England, as much as 180 ambulances per day, a median of 1 each eight minutes.

In an announcement it mentioned: “The hospital gives correct information to the reporting system by plenty of routes. If we’re not happy that the information is correct for any purpose we might submit a ‘null return’ till assurance is gained that the information is right.”

The ambulance service is meant at hand over sufferers to hospitals inside 15 minutes.

Hospitals have a authorized obligation to file information on hospital handover delays longer than 30 and 60 minutes.

The information acts as a ‘pink flag’ for a way a lot stress hospitals had been below over the Christmas and New Yr interval.