THE ambulance service which serves South Derbyshire failed to reach its patients quickly enough last month – following a surge in the number of 999 calls.
The setback will come as a huge disappointment to bosses at the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) after it was announced last month that it had met its targets for the first half of the year.
Chief executive Sue Noyes had warned that meeting targets during July would be 'challenging' because of an eight per cent increase in the number of calls compared to this time last year.
EMAS must reach three-quarters of its patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes in order to meet its targets.
Mrs Noyes said: "We know that our work continues to put in place all the improvements necessary so we can achieve our targets for the rest of the year. The public can rest assured that all staff are doing their utmost to provide the best possible service to patients."