It is unreasonable to suggest that three-quarters of ambulance trusts look set to miss the new call connect target based on figures from before they are being measured against it, writes Ben Bradshaw

The target has only been in place since 1 April and performance will be measured over the year as a whole.

Ambulance trusts are already looking ahead in preparation for call connect and we are seeing considerable improvements thanks to significant investment in additional ambulance and control room staff and new equipment, technology and vehicles.

Changing the way we measure response times to life-threatening emergency calls will save lives. On average, call connect will save around 90 seconds per call - meaning shorter answering times and faster ambulance dispatching.

We are confident that patients will benefit from a faster response to the most serious calls in future.

Ben Bradshaw MP, health minister