By Euro Weekly News Media • 30 March 2011 • 10:02
THE Malaga Province’s ambulance 061 service has the worse response time in Andalucia for urban areas, official figures show. In 2010, the Mobile Intensive Care Ambulances took an average of 10 minutes and 51 seconds to reach patients, while the average for Andalucia was 10 minutes and 16 seconds.
Malaga Provincial Director of the 061 service, Auxiliadora Narango blamed the excess time on traffic and urban layout and pointed out that they had reduced their response time by 31 seconds compared to 2009, when the average time was 11 minutes and 22 seconds.
However, the team did attend 14.7 per cent more call-outs than the year before – 23,226 compared to 19,805 – which was more than 60 health emergencies a day.
The majority of visits were for neurological disorders and loss of consciousness including fainting and suspected stroke or heart attack, which together with non-traumatic pain accounted for more than 50 per cent.
Granada Province’s average was 10 minutes and 26 seconds and Sevilla’s was 10 minutes and 39 seconds, making them below average too.
Huelva had the best time with just seven minutes and 16 seconds.
By Nicole Hallett
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