ALMOST a fifth of England’s ambulance trusts misreported their response times to make it appear that they were meeting targets, the Department of Health has admitted.
Six trusts out of 31 were found to be misreporting data when the department audited their figures for the year that ended in April.
The targets stipulate that 75 per cent of emergency calls should receive responses within eight minutes.
On average, the response times claimed were about 6 per cent better than actually achieved.
Some trusts made it appear that they were meeting the target by starting the clock late, or setting clocks to different times so that response times were not calculated correctly.
Ambulance trusts misreported to meet targets