Emergency ambulance response times have been in the news recently, writes Michael Kuttner...

There are horrendous accounts in the UK of people in distress waiting hours until an ambulance arrives and in many cases the patient dies before they can be transported to hospital. With the first responders in the UK now on strike the situation has become catastrophic.

The situation in some other countries is also dire which prompted me to ascertain how Israeli first responders cope.

It is gratifying to report that Israel’s record is second to none with those in need of emergency ambulance services having to wait only minutes for help.

Magen David Adom (MDA) intensive care and regular ambulances arrive, depending on traffic, in less than 10 minutes.

United Hatzalah ambucycles which can avoid traffic jams arrive on an average in 3 minutes and in large metropolitan areas in less than 90 seconds.

As every second counts in a health emergency, Israelis are fortunate that their responders are world beaters.

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Michael Kuttner is a Jewish New Zealander who for many years was actively involved with various communal organisations connected to Judaism and Israel. He now lives in Israel. 

[This article was originally published on J-Wire and is reproduced here with permission from Michael Kuttner.]