£6.5m and 100 new jobs for North East Ambulance Service should end fears that patients will be forced to share emergency vehicles to hit response times

If you want to know how desperate ambulance services can get to hit targets, just look south.

Thursday, 11th October 2018, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 12:13 pm
100 new jobs for North East Ambulance Service.

The struggling East of England Ambulance Service has put into action a plan to make patients share ambulances in emergencies.

In effect, an ambulance could make a detour to pick up patients in separate emergencies ... and all to improve response times set by NHS England.

It may sound barmy, but these are the kind of measures being implemented as ambulance services struggle to hit targets.

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And the announcement by the North East Ambulance Service of a £6.5 million investment will help ease public concern as well as the workload on our crews. The key development is the recruitment of 100 new staff.

More paramedics and emergency care assistants can only help improve what is a great service doing its best in trying times.

Alan Foster, lead for the integrated care system in the North East NHS, summed up the importance of the service and the value of this new investment.

He said: “The ambulance service can be likened to being the arteries of the health system that joins together all of the different parts of our regional health economy.

“This investment into the ambulance service will ensure that they will be able to meet the vision for the NHS set out in its five-year strategy.”

Our NHS operates in often desperate times, but we trust the day when emergency patients in our region have to share ambulances to meet response times never arrives.