New ambulances for East Midlands Ambulance Service thanks to NHS70 birthday boost
Thirty-seven new ambulances will be added to East Midlands Ambulance Service’s fleet thanks to a £4.9m cash injection.
The funding, from the Department of Health and Social Care, will pay for 27 ‘999’ ambulances, 10 urgent care ambulances and four driver training vehicles.
The move was announced as part of a nationwide funding boost for the NHS’s 70th birthday.
Part of the long-term plan for the NHS, the capital investment will increase support for paramedics and ambulance staff.
It is hoped that the vehicles will help ease pressure on the service. In May, it was announced that EMAS is reaching the most critically ill people in an average of nine minutes - two minutes short of its target.
Richard Henderson, EMAS chief executive, said: “I am delighted that our bid to fund additional ambulances has been approved.
“The 37 ambulances will help support our plans to make significant improvements to the quality of our service, including being able to respond more quickly and more consistently to our patients.
“The new vehicles will be operational in time to support our plans for this winter (2018/2019).”
Each ambulance will be custom built to the specification of the service.
Health Minister Stephen Barclay said: “We are committed to supporting the hard work of ambulance staff, and recognise the challenges that are faced by trusts across the country over the winter period.
“This significant funding boost for the East Midlands Ambulance Service will deliver over 30 extra vehicles to support their work – which will not only give extra support to staff, but ensure patients have a better experience over the season and throughout the year.”
As well as the new vehicles, the trust will also receive an enhanced paramedic education programme to train and develop the services’ newest colleagues. This is further to an education centre which has been developed in Leicestershire
A total of £36.3m capital funding is being given to six trusts across the country, and is set to be spent on 256 new vehicles across the six areas.
It is hoped this investment will help deliver national response times, increase the efficiency of services and better support staff.