East of England Ambulance Service to Receive Extra Funding for Ambulances

May 21, 2018

An ambulance service in England is set to buy 160 new ambulances and recruit 330 staff members over the next three years following an independent review.

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) is to receive extra funding, after facing difficulties due to budget cuts and restraints. The service is to see its annual budget rise by £27 million over the next two years, following a review by Regulators NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The operational and financial needs of the service were reviewed and considered when planning future commissioning and contracting, to ensure safe and sustainable emergency services.  A six-year contract has been agreed to provide stability and support to the EEAST. The contract will have two-yearly reviews to ensure it’s fit for practice.

Ed Garratt, Lead Commissioner, said of the contract:

“Everyone involved is determined to make the necessary lasting improvements to enable well-supported staff to deliver the very best urgent care services for patients.”

“Everyone involved is determined to make the necessary lasting improvements to enable well-supported staff to deliver the very best urgent care services for patients.”

What do these changes aim to achieve?

The changes are designed to help reduce the strain on existing staff and assist with the increasing demands of the NHS.  The expansion of the ambulance service will enable more emergency calls to be answered safely, which is important as there has been a rise in the treatment of people with long-term, complex conditions over the years.

The aim of the service is to enable more patients to stay in their own homes, whilst providing the best care when necessary – as to make patients more comfortable and keep beds clear in hospitals.

Robert Morton, the Chief Executive of EEAST commented: “We’re committed to working with partners to improve services for patients, particularly in delivering more community care so they can stay in their own homes, where they want to be.”

All over the UK, the NHS has suffered in recent years and this review will hopefully help this service get back on track.