How The Eagles Are Winning Matters As Much As Their 20 Record

The Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, but they’re living dangerously. The Eagles fell behind 17-0 against Jacksonville on opening day before hanging 34 unanswered points on the Jaguars defense. And Philadelphia was at it again in Monday night’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Trailing 20-6 at one point in the third quarter, the Eagles came back to win on a Cody Parkey field goal as time expired.Philadelphia has an average points-per-game margin of +10 so far this season, which ties it for fifth-best in the NFL. If you look at how the Eagles’ games have developed, though, you’d never guess they’d have such a positive scoring margin. To measure this phenomenon, FiveThirtyEight contributor Chase Stuart has created a metric called Game Scripts, which attempts to more accurately measure how the totality of a game played out beyond the final score line. A team’s Game Script in a given game (or season) is its average point margin at any given moment.Against Indianapolis, the Eagles had a Game Script of -4.8, meaning they trailed by nearly five points at any given moment in the game. Needless to say, teams that post a Game Script of -4.8 tend to lose. Historically, only about 17 percent of teams with that particular Game Script win the game in question. But that’s nothing compared with Philadelphia’s game vs. Jacksonville — the Eagles won despite a -7.1 Game Script. Teams with such a negative Game Script tend to win only 9 percent of the time.Adding those two winning percentages up, we’d expect the Eagles to have won just 0.26 games so far this year, based on the degree to which they’ve trailed and the amount of time they’ve spent trailing. That represents a huge difference from their actual win total (two). Through two games, it’s the biggest difference between actual wins and Game Script-predicted wins of any team since 1978 (when the league expanded to a 16-game schedule in 1978).But that gap is probably unsustainable. After all, impressive late-game comebacks aren’t necessarily very predictive of how a team will play in the future. However, I decided to test which statistic was a better descriptor of a team like the Eagles: two actual wins in two games, or 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins?For both metrics, I looked at teams’ two-game starts to the season (excluding strike-shortened campaigns) and their records over the remainder of the season. For example, the average 2-0 team ended up winning eight games out of its next 14. So just from Philadelphia’s record alone, we’d expect them to finish the season 10-6. But the average team with 0.26 Game Script-predicted wins through two games won only 5.9 of their next 14 games, which would yield a predicted record of about 8-8 for the Eagles despite the 2-0 start.I then tested which mixture of actual and Game Script-predicted wins yielded the best prediction about how a team would finish the year. The result? Both variables carry almost exactly the same weight. Accuracy is maximized when predicting a team’s rest-of-season record by giving 50.7 percent weight to that which would be predicted from its actual record, and 49.3 percent to that which would be predicted from its Game Script. (And both variables are statistically significant.)For the Eagles, this means they aren’t quite the team we’d expect from their 2-0 record. But they also shouldn’t have their big average deficits completely held against them. Combining the two metrics, we’d expect them to finish with almost exactly seven wins in their final 14 games, which would yield a record of 9-7. read more

Football Urban Meyers Texas to Ohio recruiting pipeline in 2017

OSU football coach Urban Meyer disputes a call made by the Officials during the game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorTexas became a popular state for recruiting for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer this year, with five players making the long journey to Columbus from the Lone Star State. The 2017 recruiting class is a testament to Meyer’s ability to reach far across the nation.This season, Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning, J.K. Dobbins, Kendall Sheffield and Elijah Gardiner all came to OSU as part of 21 new players for the Scarlet and Gray.The Texas to Ohio pipeline started for Meyer and company back in 2013, when the newest OSU football players from the state were Dontre Wilson, Mike Mitchell and J.T. Barrett. While all three players were former four-star recruits, each has traveled a much different path in college.Wilson, a once highly touted player who had the speed and hands to play both wide receiver and running back, suffered a foot injury that kept him out of contention for an extended period of time. His career with the Buckeyes is now over, and never really lived up to the hype that surrounded his initial signing.Mitchell never panned out with the Buckeyes, transferring to Texas Tech before winding up with Southeastern University, which is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program. Barrett, who is returning for his redshirt senior season, is poised to break nearly every OSU passing record in the books.In 2014, OSU snagged now-redshirt sophomore guard Demetrius Knox from Texas before no commitments from the state of Texas for the next two years. Then, everything clicked.Meyer’s success in Texas might have been a product of a staff full of quality recruiters as well as the team’s accomplishments. Appearances in the College Football Playoff two out of three years since its inception seems like an enticing factor for any incoming freshman.For Browning, it was all about the opportunities presented by a program like OSU. “I would say probably the reason everyone is leaving Texas is because everybody wanna be great, so they’re going to where they feel like they can grow the most,” he said on National Signing Day.However, Okudah said the tight-knit bond between the group was the key that led to the success in Texas for OSU.“The coaches, they had come out and recruit us, they did a pretty good job,” he said. “They might of got a little bit lucky, because we were all pretty close before so when they got one of us,I would go tell Baron, ‘Did you hear this? Did you hear that?’ and he would say, ‘Yeah.’ It made it easy for us to be comfortable so far from home.”All incoming players from Texas agreed Columbus is a city where they can grow both on and off the field, and where the dreams of winning a national championship and one day playing in the NFL are all very real possibilities. The Texas natives and the rest of the Buckeyes will get a chance to show off their skills on April 15 in the Spring Game. With multiple starting spots open on either side of the ball, any one of the five could find their way into the starting lineup. On top of that, there seemed to be one more thing they all could agree on — a longing for Whataburger.“I haven’t had (Whataburger) in a long time,” Dobbins said “So I’m kind of missing it.” read more

Buckeyes fall victim to Kohl Centers hostile environment

Wisconsin’s Kohl Center is a notoriously tough place to play for road opponents. Ohio State knows this more than anyone. After a 71-67 loss to the Badgers Saturday afternoon, the Buckeyes have lost nine straight in Wisconsin’s arena. In a press conference Friday, coach Thad Matta said OSU’s lack of success in Madison, Wis., bothers him. “You always remember the losses more than you remember the wins,” he said. “It is what it is, and you just look at the challenge ahead.” Matta recalled a couple of especially painful games, losing at Wisconsin, 72-66, his first year at OSU, and losing last year, 65-43, as the No. 15-ranked team in the nation. After the undefeated Buckeyes led by 15 with 13 minutes left in the game, this loss is likely to be right up there. Fifth-year senior forward David Lighty said the Kohl Center is one of the most challenging road venues in the Big Ten. “It’s home court for them and no one likes to lose at home,” he said at Friday’s press conference. “They don’t lose too much at home.” Saturday’s victory for Bo Ryan’s club makes the Badgers 150-11 at home in Ryan’s 10 seasons there. During his tenure, his squad has the fourth-highest home-winning percentage in the country, behind Kansas, Duke and Utah State. Under Ryan, Badger basketball is synonymous with a slow-tempo, defense-oriented game. Matta said that in the past, he’s joked with Ryan about the style of play. “A couple years ago, we were getting ready to play them in the Big Ten Tournament, and I ran into him,” Matta said. “I said, ‘Bo, we’re both in the NCAA Tournament. This doesn’t matter; let’s just not let anyone play defense, and see if we both can’t score 100.’” In reality, Ryan’s squads rarely allow opponents to score more than 70, especially at home. The Badgers have surrendered fewer than 70 points for 38 straight home games, the longest current streak in the country. OSU is second, with 37 straight. Adding to the difficulty in scoring against Wisconsin is the Badgers’ ability to hold onto the ball on the offensive end, and not allow transition baskets, said senior guard Jon Diebler. “Obviously we like to get out and run a lot,” Diebler said at Friday’s press conference. “When you play a team where you don’t get a steal and get an easy layup, it’s hard to pick up the tempo.” With their 15-0 second-half run to tie the game, the Badgers ignited the crowd and their student section, nicknamed the “Grateful Red.” Lighty, who hasn’t won in Madison, said Wisconsin’s students are one of the most difficult aspects of playing at the Kohl Center. “Especially when they’re feeling good and making shots, it gets loud in there,” he said. “It’s an environment suited for college basketball.” read more

Russian swordsman slices fencing niche at Ohio State

Imagine that one day you receive a phone call from Ohio State football legend Archie Griffin and he offers you a coaching job at OSU. After hearing Griffin out, you respectively decline his offer because you don’t think you’re ready for the job. This was the reality for fencing coach Vladimir Nazlymov in 1999 while working in Kansas City, Mo., as the fencing coach for the school district. “I said, ‘I’m not ready for this,’” Nazlymov said. “I didn’t know who he was.” Nazlymov said he received a phone call from the director of the Kansas City sports commission immediately after declining Griffin’s offer. “He called me and asked why I told Archie no,” Nazlymov said. “He told me I couldn’t say no to Archie.” On this advice, Nazlymov decided to come to OSU to tour the facilities and find out if the job was right for him. After the tour, Griffin asked Nazlymov what they needed to do to make the fencing program one of the top three in the country, Nazlymov said. “I asked ‘Why top three?’” Nazlymov said. “Why not win?” Nazlymov said he told Griffin he could turn the program around in three years. “I said three years was enough. Of course he didn’t believe me,” Nazlymov said. Nazlymov said he was confident if he came to OSU, he would be able to recruit strong coaches and the best fencers would follow. He said he told Griffin if he didn’t turn the program around in three years, Griffin could fire him. Fast forward to 2012 and Nazlymov has more than fulfilled his promise to turn the fencing program around at OSU. Under Nazlymov’s guidance, the program is now in its 10th consecutive season among the nation’s top five-ranked programs. This is Nazlymov’s 13th season as coach of the fencing program. Prior to the start of this season, he had compiled a combined men and women’s record of 414-97. He added National Championships to his resume in 2004 and 2008. Nazlymov’s road to fencing greatness began almost by accident. As a young child growing up in what was then the Soviet Union, Nazlymov described himself as being “not a nice kid.” He said he was constantly getting into trouble. After one particular incident in which Nazlymov almost lost sight in one eye, he said he saw an announcement for fencing and went from there. Nazlymov’s fencing career took off from there and he eventually found himself on the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team. He said this team had “the best coaches, best facilities.” “Army is army. They have everything,” he said. On the individual level, Nazlymov, who has six Olympic medals including three golds, was named the world’s best fencer by the International Fencing Federation twice. He became coach of the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team in 1976 and remained coach until 1990. He came to the United States in 1991. It was during his time with the Soviet Union Military Fencing Team that Nazlymov’s winning attitude was instilled, he said. “For many years I worked in the Soviet Union,” he said. “I couldn’t be second.” He joked that his superior in the army might have sent him to Siberia if he had gotten second place. Once again, Nazlymov said he has high hopes for his team this season. Last season the men and women’s teams combined for a fifth place finish at the NCAA championships. Nazlymov said that last year the team was “terrible.” “This season, I hope for sure we are better,” he said. Senior saberist Max Stearns echoed his coach’s sentiments. “Even before the season started we have one of the most complete teams in the NCAA, I think across all weapons and genders,” Stearns said. “Expectations on the team are very high; we’re working towards bringing back a championship.” After the men and women went a combined 13-0 at the Northwestern Duals Feb. 4, the teams now have a combined record of 33-2. “I don’t want to be second,” Nazlymov said. The team will continue their season Feb. 26 at the US Collegiate Championships in New York, N.Y. The office of Archie Griffin at the OSU Alumni Association did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. read more

Ohio State Michigan rivalry extends to recruiting

The No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes will battle the Michigan Wolverines on the field Saturday, but the never-ending recruiting war will be taking place on the sidelines and in the stands.More than 40 of the nation’s top recruits from the 2013 and 2014 classes are expected to be in Ohio Stadium for The Game.“In 10 years of doing this, this is one of the biggest recruiting weekends I’ve come across,” said Josh Helmholdt,’s Midwest recruiting analyst. “It just seems this could be an epically big recruiting weekend.”After his hire in late November 2011, OSU coach Urban Meyer might have demonstrated his recruiting prowess by concluding the 2012 class with five-star recruits Noah Spence and Adolphus Washington, now freshmen defensive linemen for the ranked the class fourth in the nation, three spots ahead of coach Brady Hoke and the Wolverines.This year, Meyer hopes for another strong finish. The Buckeyes’ 2013 class is currently ranked seventh by Rivals.The reason? Helmholdt said it’s Meyer.“He’s aggressive. He has a hardworking coaching staff behind him and he’s dynamic,” Helmholdt said. “Kids want to buy into something they believe in, and they believe in Urban Meyer.”Cornerbacks Cam Burrows and Eli Woodard are two recruits that believed in Meyer enough to commit to the Buckeyes. Burrows and Woodard are the 27th– and 29th-ranked players in the nation, respectively, per Rivals. The four-star defensive backs will be on hand for the Michigan game. They will have the opportunity to pitch OSU to the plethora of young talent visiting this weekend.The projected visitors for Saturday include one of Meyer’s primary 2013 targets, four-star wide receiver James Quick. Quick is the type of explosive athlete Meyer has seemed to attract over the course of his coaching career. Rivals estimates that Quick clocks a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash and a 10.7 in the 100-meter. The Louisville, Ky. native and Louisville Trinity star is being recruited to play slot receiver and could possibly be used in a Percy Harvin-type role for the Buckeyes. Harvin, who now plays wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, was arguably one of the nation’s best wide receivers during Meyer’s tenure at Florida and helped the former Gators coach win two national championships while there.Quick’s recruitment is down to Louisville and Ohio State, according to Rivals.Meyer’s recruiting philosophy might be one that leaves no stone unturned, even when it comes to players that have committed to other schools.Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio seemed to learn that the hard way. Meyer successfully flipped freshman offensive lineman Kyle Dodson and defensive lineman Se’Von Pittman from those respective schools last year. This year’s approach might not be any different.With senior linebackers Storm Klein, Etienne Sabino, and Zach Boren departing after the season, depth at the linebacker position could be a primary concern for OSU’s coaching staff.Couple that with the fact there are no linebackers in the Buckeyes’ 2013 class, and it might explain why Meyer is going after committed talent.Per multiple reports, Florida commit Daniel McMillian and Auburn commit Trey Johnson will be in attendance at Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines.McMillian is a four-star linebacker and 2013 U.S. Army All-American that has been a long-time Gators commit. Interest in OSU, however, has increased recently, due primarily to OSU’s coordinator of player development and former Florida linebacker, Ryan Stamper. Stamper was a graduate of First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., the same school McMillian plays for currently. It could be a tough flip for the Buckeyes, but McMillian might get quite the show this Saturday as OSU goes for its first undefeated season since 2002.Johnson, an Under Armour All-American, is another four-star linebacker expressing interest in the Buckeyes.The Auburn commit, according to multiple reports by recruiting websites, seems to be showing signs of re-opening his recruitment, but has yet to de-commit from the 2-8 (0-7) Tigers. Instead, per those same reports, he is taking visits to OSU, Florida, USC and Florida State.“Ohio State is coming all-out after Trey,” Johnson’s coach Todd Wofford of Central Gwinnett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this month. “They’re undefeated, and they’re going to win every year and always be in the BCS picture. That’s really appealing to Trey.”The projected visitors for the 2014 recruiting class include three of what could be the best underclassmen in the country. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, defensive tackle Andrew Brown and defensive end Da’Shawn Hand, according to multiple recruiting websites, will be in Columbus this weekend. All are five-star prospects according to has not been shy about showing his affection for the Buckeyes, either. He has named OSU his early leader, with his home state team Georgia a close second. Clemson is also in the mix. The 6’3″ 235-pounder has averaged 15.1 tackles per game this season according to and Hand will eventually be ranked in the top 10, according to Helmholdt. The Virginia products have interest in the Buckeyes, but it is early in the recruitment process.“Both have been talking Ohio State pretty much from the beginning,” Helmholdt said. “They will definitely have a lot of competition for those guys though.”This weekend’s unofficial visit will give the defensive standouts their first in-person look at OSU football.That look will likely have an effect on a direct correlation that seems to exist between recruiting and teams’ success on the field.Alabama, who captured the 2010 and 2012 national championships, finished with the top-ranked recruiting classes in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Since 2008 through this season, the Crimson Tide’s overall record is 58-7.Meyer’s 2006 recruiting class at Florida was ranked second in the nation, and the Gators won the national championship that year. Similarly, Meyer’s recruiting class finished first in 2007 and Florida went on to win another national title in 2008.While OSU’s play Saturday against the Wolverines will determine if the Buckeyes finish a perfect 12-0, the recruiting battle surrounding the game could beequally as important in securing OSU’s future success. read more

Urban Meyer Braxton Miller will start if healthy

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller walks out with the team during a game against California Sept. 14, at California Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 52-34.Credit: Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State football coach Urban Meyer said the plan is that if junior quarterback Braxton Miller is healthy enough to play Saturday against Florida A&M, he will.“Braxton — we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Meyer said. “If he’s ready, he’ll play this week.”Miller is “probable” to play against Florida A&M, Meyer said. He added that backup Kenny Guiton could see the field.“Kenny Guiton’s earned some time,” Meyer said. “He’s done a nice job. If he’s one of the best 11 (players), then the obligation is to get him on the field.”Guiton’s early season success while Miller has been sidelined gives Meyer confidence in his backup quarterback.“If you’re going to buy stock in anybody, buy stock in Kenny Guiton,” Meyer said. “Because what he’s going to do after football some day — it’s going to be really neat.”Guiton said after his playing career, he would like to stay in football.“I am considering the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “I think I could be pretty good at it. I wouldn’t mind it. Its something I love, football.”Meyer also addressed the return of senior running back Carlos Hyde, who is eligible after being suspended for three games because of his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar this summer.“As of right now, he’s back. He’s done a really good job,” Meyer said. “(He) has had a very good attitude, taken care of business and we are anxious to get him back.”Meyer said he was not sure how Hyde would fit into the offensive game plan.“I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about that,” Meyer said. “It’s a good issue to have. (Redshirt-senior running back) Jordan Hall has certainly earned the right to touch the ball. In a big way.”While it is unclear which Buckeye running back will get the touches in the offense, the tight ends are struggling to even get the ball. Junior Jeff Heuerman and redshirt-sophomore Nick Vannett combined for only one catch against California.Tight ends and fullbacks coach Tim Hinton called both their performances in the victory “excellent,” even though they did not get the ball much, because of the way they blocked.“They were very efficient in their blocking. They were very fundamental,” Hinton said. “They did a great job of attacking (California’s) defense.”The tight ends’ abilities to complete blocks on the edge allowed freshman running back Dontre Wilson to get to the edge a few times against California, and Hinton said that was a big reason he was happy with the way the tight ends performed.“I tell you, that’s where I said, the catches weren’t there, but I don’t know if Jeff Heuerman could have been happier,” Hinton said. “He was unbelievably happy after the game because he blocked the perimeter like a champion.”Although the offense put up a season high 608 yards against the Golden Bears, the defense struggled, missing 16 tackles and giving up 503 yards against the Golden Bears, according to Meyer.Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said reducing the number of missed tackles is the defense’s goal.“I feel like we did better as a defense, but we have to try to get those missed tackles to a single digit number,” Shazier said. “We ended up having 16 but a lot of those missed tackles were just guys taking shots and knowing they have other guys coming back, other bullets having their back.”Senior safety Christian Bryant called California’s offense “fast-paced,” and said that was one factor that led to the missed tackles and allowed the Golden Bears to give up 34 points.“They were bound to break a couple runs, get a couple big plays but for the most part, we kept leverage like we felt we were going to work towards the week before the game,” Bryant said. “That’s what we did, they put up 34 points on us but it’s not because we weren’t going hard.”According to defensive line coach Mike Vrabel regardless what level of football you compete at, you have to have to be able to tackle.“Everybody is going to force you to tackle in space,” Vrabel said. “That’s what happens in the National Football League. It happens in college. Teams are going to force you to tackle in space.”Vrabel said it’s not the inability to bring guys to the turf that hurt the team, it’s what happens after.“We talk about trying to keep teams under, having less than 10 missed tackles in a game,” Vrabel said. “The yards after those missed tackles is kind of what kills you.”The Buckeyes are set to take on Florida A&M at Ohio Stadium at noon. read more

Football Greg Mattison Jeff Hafley to join Ohio State defensive coaching staff

Head coach Ryan Day speaks during the Ohio State offensive availability at the Residence Inn LA Live on Dec. 29. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State announced former Michigan defensive line coach Greg Mattison and former San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley will join the coaching staff as co-defensive coordinators. Since 2015, Mattison has served as the defensive line coach for the Wolverines, a line that helped allow opponents to average 3.7 yards per carry and opposing quarterbacks to complete 49.5 percent of passes attempted, No. 1 in the Big Ten. Mattison also served as a defensive coordinator for Michigan from 2011-14. Hafley has been a defensive backs coach at the pro level since 2011, coaching for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers. The press release listed that Hafley and Mattison join defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has been named as the associate head coach under head coach Ryan Day, as the only members of the Ohio State coaching staff. The release failed to mention defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and linebackers coach Billy Davis. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State lands threestar center Ibrahima Diallo for 2019 Class

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann claps in the first half of the game against Maryland on Jan. 18. Ohio State lost 75-61. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State men’s basketball earned a huge commitment on Sunday to add to its already strong 2019 Class.Three-star center Ibrahima Diallo confirmed reports on Twitter that he has officially committed to the Buckeyes, giving Ohio State four members of its class for next season.Diallo is a 7-foot tall center with a 7-foot-9 wingspan out of Prolific Prep in California, and will join a trio in four-star recruits in guard DJ Carton and forwards Alonzo Gaffney and E.J. Liddell.He may join Kaleb Wesson, who has entered his name into the 2019 NBA Draft, as well as Jaedon LeDee, who entered his name in the transfer portal as the only other big men on the roster.Updated at 2:44 p.m. with confirmation from Diallo on Twitter. read more

Ambulances failing to reach dying patients quickly enough as only one trust

first_imgIt is essential that clinical and political leaders ramp up the pressure and hold the Health Secretary and government to account on this issueDr Mark Holland, Society for Acute Medicine president Ambulances are failing to reach dying and seriously-ill patients fast enough as the service creaks under the strain of high demand, according to a report.Only one of the UK’s 13 ambulance services, the Welsh Ambulance Service, is meeting the target to reach patients with life-threatening conditions within eight minutes, an investigation has found.Freedom of Information requests by the BBC found more than 500,000 hours of ambulance crews’ time in England, Wales and Northern Ireland was wasted waiting at A&E to hand over patients to hospital staff. NHS England’s ambulance lead, Professor Jonathan Benger, said the rising number of calls the service received was a major factor in the delays.He told the BBC: “In the face of rising demand it is not surprising we are having difficulty meeting these targets. It is time to look at the system.”An NHS England spokesman said NHS Improvement is working to reduce delays in A&Es receiving patients in England where some hospitals are ensuring extra nursing staff are available at peak times.”These delays have many contributory causes and often reflect pressure on beds within the hospital as a whole and a system that is struggling to discharge patients to community settings,” he said.”We recognise that handover should occur as soon as it is safe to do so, with ambulances released to return to frontline duties in a timely way.”All staff are working hard to keep handover delays to a minimum with a view to eliminating them altogether.” Ambulances Dr Mark Holland, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said the “significant strain” on the NHS was due to the Government’s failure to accept the social care crisis.He said: “The Government has continuously failed to acknowledge the scale of the crisis in social care and the record numbers of delayed discharges in our hospitals as a result – a significant factor in the build-up of pressure on our hospitals.”Having the support and infrastructure in place to discharging medically-fit patients safely is central to releasing pressure on emergency departments, acute medical units and ambulance services.”It is essential that clinical and political leaders ramp up the pressure and hold the Health Secretary and government to account on this issue before it is too late.”center_img  A Department of Health spokesman said: “Ambulance services in England are performing well under pressure, responding to the significant majority of the most serious calls within eight minutes.”He added: “NHS England is working closely with ambulance services to improve response times and we’re helping recruit 2,200 more paramedics since 2010, as well as increasing the number of training places this year by 60 per cent.” The Department of Health said NHS England is working closely with ambulance services to improve response time. File pictureCredit:Dinendra Haria/REX/Shutterstock Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more