East of England Ambulance Service penalised for failing to meet response time targets

17:18 09 January 2014

The trust are replacing 120 old and broken ambulances with new ones

The trust are replacing 120 old and broken ambulances with new ones

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The region’s under-pressure ambulance service has been dealt a blow after having funding withheld for failing to meet response time targets.

The East of England Ambulance Service will be penalised two per cent of its contract with the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after falling short of national standards, and will not be paid in full until it meets them.

The measure will only cost the ambulance service if it fails to deliver by the end of the year – though it is unclear what the figure could be.

The withdrawal comes after a report last year found the ambulance service failed to meet its target of reaching 95 per cent of Category A patients – those in life-threatening situations – within 19 minutes, and a clinical capacity review found the service was performing poorly in many areas.

It was ordered to take urgent action to raise performance following an inspection by the health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission.

A Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG spokesman said: “NHS Commissioners are working closely with ambulance trust executives to ensure that the issues that are causing the deterioration in response times are addressed and, where necessary, reinvest these resources to improve care.”

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  • Well i for one think they do a fantastic job.19 minutes!!! is the location of ambulances not taken into account,is the traffic not taken into account! push them anymore and they will be in accidents and needing ambulances themselves! If they are not meeting the targets then why not get more ambulances on the road to take the pressure off the already pushed to the limits crews.Also are they stuck at A&E because there is nowhere for their patients to go because A&E departments haven't got enough staff and it goes on right through the hospitals.

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