The under-performing East of England Ambulance Service has received a funding boost to help cope with winter pressures.

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The ambulance trust, which has been criticised for slow responses to patients over the last 18 months, has been successful in an application for £1.3m from NHS England.

An extra £150m has been made available to NHS organisations to support urgent and emergency care system plans this winter.

Almost £900,000 of the £1.3m will be spent on Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer roles in 16 hospitals across the region to help speed up ambulance hand over times at Accident and Emergency departments. £387,608 will be spent on private ambulance provision to help meet winter demands, whilst £54,119 will be spent on extra control room resource during busy periods.

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  • So the new boss is going to spend more than £380,000 on private ambulances, sure They said they where going to reduce their use, does this mean a back track, on what was said. Sorry thought the Ambulance Trust was moving forward,or has someone got else got mates shares in the private sector ? poor show !

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    DAVE !

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • Also, why should the ambulance service spend £900k on HALOs because the hospital cannot cope with the numbers coming through their door! Disgusting!

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    emz1

    Monday, February 17, 2014

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