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7:01am 9th December 2013

Ambulances covering Cornwall are missing targets for getting to patients with heart attacks or life threatening injuries.

Stats show the South Western Ambulance Service only managed to arrive within eight minutes in 72% of cases in October.

The target is supposed to be 75%.

The top priority call outs are referred to as "Red 1" calls.

A Trust spokesperson said: "The data for ambulance services nationally shows that the targets for red 1 and red 2 calls were narrowly missed during the month of October.

"South Western Ambulance Service was one of the organisations who unfortunately did not meet the required 75% on this occasion. Like all ambulance trusts around the country, the service is facing an ongoing increase in demand for its services meaning more calls to respond to and increasing numbers of patients requiring care.

"An additional challenge for the south west region is that it is predominantly rural, with many isolated communities. This area of the country also has the highest percentage of elderly people who are more likely to access our services, especially in the run up to and during winter.

"The Trust would like to make an assurance that the provision of high quality emergency and urgent care services remains our top priority."

7:01am 9th December 2013

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