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Ambulance services in Lincolnshire and Rutland get multi-million pound cash boost to improve services

Ambulance services in Lincolnshire and Rutland have been boosted after health chiefs agreed a multi-million pound cash boost.

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group have signed off a new contract which will provide an extra £9m in the first year.

The figure will then rise to £19m if the service hits performance targets set out as part of the agreement.

Richard Henderson, EMAS Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted that we have identified and agreed the level of funding needed. We will be able to make significant improvements to the quality of our services as a result, most notably in terms of being able to respond more quickly and more consistently to our patients.

"These changes will not happen overnight. Over coming months, we will focus on recruiting many more staff, purchasing more ambulances and equipment, and ensuring that everyone has access to the right training, development and support needed to ensure we deliver consistently outstanding care to our patients.

"We will also be working with commissioners and our healthcare partners across the entire region to address issues that impact directly on our performance, not least in reducing critical handover delays at some hospitals; these account for an average of over 190 hours every day when our ambulances are unable to respond to emergency calls."

The cash will allow the service to recruit more clinical staff and buy new ambulances.

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