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The first ambulance trusts have been chosen to join NHS England’s global digital exemplar programme but they will receive far less funding than acute and mental health providers.
Several community and mental health trusts have received significant extra investment funding that was originally intended for the acute sector.
A “model ambulance” is to be created to tackle variation across England’s 10 ambulance trusts.
Regulators have published proposed new ratings for every NHS trust that reflect the seriousness of the problems they face.
Ambulance service performance has slumped over the past year as trusts struggle to cope with an 18 per cent rise in the most serious cases.
Three ambulance services are setting up a strategic alliance to drive efficiencies and improve performance.
WORKFORCE: The North East Ambulance Services Foundation Trust has appointed Yvonne Ormston as its new chief executive.
A provider of GP out-of-hours services is taking legal action after it lost bids in two out of three areas where they being tendered.
PERFORMANCE: A Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG board paper warns of “concern” over ambulance responses to red calls in 8 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
We look at moves to improve the ambulance service’s performance amid relentless rising demand, though no extra money is available
WORKFORCE: Commissioners have agreed to fund pay protection for NHS Direct staff in the north east following a long running row over pay, terms and conditions.
NHS Direct has warned it could face unnecessary redundancy costs if new NHS 111 providers refuse to follow Department of Health orders to protect staff terms and conditions.
STRUCTURE: The north east has become the first region in England where all of the NHS organisations are foundation trusts, after North East Ambulance Service was authorised by Monitor.
Ambulances were dispatched unnecessarily on more than two million occasions in a year because of a “skewed” approach to performance management caused by response time targets.