PERFORMANCE: Yorkshire Ambulance Service faces a financial penalty after missing its target for responding to the most life-threatening calls for three successive months, according to board papers from Airedale, Wharfdale and Craven clinical commissioning group.

Although August 2013 showed a “slight improvement on previous months,” the ambulance service only responded to 64 per cent of Red 1 calls within eight minutes, falling below its 75 per cent target.

The CCG’s senior management team are “continuing to pay particular attention to this poor performance and are attending appropriate meetings” to “seek assurance on how these issues will be addressed”.