July 19, 2018
Ambulance trusts in England are set to receive a share of £36.3 million investment from the government for new vehicles. As part of a long-term plan for the NHS, the funding is to provide 256 state-of-the-art ambulances to help support paramedics and ambulance staff in providing emergency care to patients this coming winter.
NHS 70th Birthday
The NHS recently celebrated its 70th birthday during which Health Minister, Stephen Barclay, announced that the funding would be given. This followed on from the recent announcement that paramedics will also be provided with body cameras to improve protection against violence.
Health Minister Stephen Barclay said: “In some of the most worrying and vulnerable moments in our lives, dedicated ambulance staff are there, providing expert, calm and reassuring care to patients in often highly pressurised and sometimes dangerous situations. He adds, “They’re there for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we want to make sure that in the 70th year on the NHS we’re supporting them with state-of-the-art equipment, meaning they can provide a better service to patients.”
Funding for Ambulances
London Ambulance Service is set to increase its fleet with an extra 25 double-crewed ambulances and Yorkshire Ambulance Service will get 62 new double-crewed ambulances. Funding will also cater to ‘make ready’ hubs at ambulance trust headquarters, that will allow efficient restocking and maintenance of vehicles. Specialist staff will be able to restock, refuel and clean ambulances quickly, allowing them back on the road faster.
Professor Keith Willett, NHS England Medical Director for Acute Care, commented: “We welcome this additional funding, which will allow ambulance trusts to begin to invest in new fleets and infrastructure ahead of this winter, when we know they will once again come under pressure. This additional investment will help ambulance trusts to deliver the quality of service and excellent patient outcomes that are at the heart of the Ambulance Response Programme.”