News in numbers: March/April 2020

20 March 2020

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

More than 1 hour is the time that heart attack, stroke and burns victims - ‘category 2’ cases - are waiting for an ambulance to arrive in England and Wales1 in 16 such cases were affected in England, with significant delays in Wales, a BBC investigation found

29% of NHS staff have experienced at least one incident of bullying, harassment or abuse by patients and members of the public in the past year. The NHS staff survey for England also found 40.3% of staff felt unwell due to work-related stress and 22.9% had unrealistic time pressures

More than 90% of Welsh parents and teens trust immunisation advice provided by health professionals and the NHS. 300+ interviews by Public Health Wales also showed social media to be the least trusted source of info

1 in 5 children aged 2 to 15 (19%) were classed as overweight and 8% obese in the latest health survey by the Department of Health, Northern Ireland. For adults, it was 37% and 25% respectively. The numbers have remained at similar levels since 2010-11, although more people are eating fruit and veg than before


Department of Health. (2020) Health Survey Northern Ireland: First Results 2018/19. See (accessed 26 February).

Eureka alert. (2020) Poverty associated with suicide risk in children and adolescents. See: (accessed 26 February 2020).

Marsh S. (2020) One in four NHS staff bullied, harassed or abused, survey finds. See: (accessed 26 February 2020).

Public Health Wales. (2020) Survey finds positive attitudes to vaccination amongst Welsh teens and their parents. See: (accessed 26 February). 

Triggle N. (2020) Seriously ill wait more than hour for ambulance. See (accessed 26 February 2020).