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Latest ambulance trust news
FINANCE East of England Ambulance Service Trust is investing nearly £17m on its vehicle fleet, the trust has announced.
PERFORMANCE: Ambulances spent nearly 300 days waiting outside hospitals to hand over responsibility for patients in the last quarter of 2012-13, the board of the North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust heard.
WORKFORCE: Plans to reshape ambulance services in the North East are facing opposition from unions.
WORKFORCE: Commissioners in London have agreed to invest an additional £15m in London Ambulance Service due to rising demand, just two years after the trust announced plans to shed almost 900 posts.
WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Trust finance director Paul Scott is leaving to take up a post at Ipswich Hospital Trust.
PERFORMANCE: The latest board papers from Dorset CCG warn that ambulance handovers continue to” cause concern” across NHS Bournemouth and Poole and NHS Dorset where it says a number of one hour delays are reported frequently.
FINANCE: Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust faces losing a quarter of a million pounds in the 2012-13 financial year for not meeting key targets on its patient transport service.
PERFORMANCE: Bad weather on one day and two days of very high demand pulled down performance against the eight-minute target at Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust.
PERFORMANCE: A review of the triaging of calls is to be carried out by North East Ambulance Service Foundation Trust after six serious incidents involved triaging were reported between November and February.
WORKFORCE: Ambulance drivers and other health workers were due to strike today (Tuesday) in a bitter row over savings and union recognition.
WORKFORCE: The chair of troubled East of England Ambulance Service Trust has resigned with immediate effect.
SERVICES: A new method of triaging and responding to calls to the ambulance service has seen more patients dealt with over the phone – but has not always been popular with patients.
PERFORMANCE: December and January saw a dramatic increase in complaints about South East Coast Ambulance Service with a rise to 60 compared to 33 in the same period last year.
PERFORMANCE: South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust has started using its own staff to look after cohorts of suitable patients at hospitals to free ambulance crews to respond to other calls – rather than taking patients to other, less busy, hospitals.
PERFORMANCE: The NHS North of Tyne board has been warned over “deteriorations in performance” over recent months in ambulance response times particularly within the Northumberland Care trust area.