Dismal ambulance response times are a symptom of deeper problems within an NHS that can’t handle our ageing population

THE dismal ambulance response times revealed yesterday are not the crews’ fault. They are a symptom of a deeper malaise in the NHS.

Cuts to local councils’ social care budgets have led to bed-blocking in hospitals which causes the system to seize up.

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