PERFORMANCE: A Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG board paper warns of “concern” over ambulance responses to red calls in 8 minutes.

At the time of reporting, the year to date position for the CCG was 65 per cent of category A calls reached within the limit, against a target of 75 per cent.

The papers say that the CCG has been working with North East Ambulance Service to understand the reasons why the target was not met.

“There are issues with national shortages of paramedics, deployment of vehicles and an increased demand for services combined with some bad weather that have contributed to the performance outcome. Work to address these issues continues and NEAS has an action plan to improve rural performance which has been shared with commissioners.”