The East of England has some of the worst ambulance response times in the country, especially in rural areas like large parts of Suffolk Coastal.

I have been leading the campaign to improve response times and get a better deal for patients. After much hard work the service has undergone a lot of positive change over the last few years and long ambulance delays are becoming increasingly rare. I will continue to press the case to make sure the service continues to improve.


15 MAY 2018

Additional Funding for Ambulance Service to Cut Response Time Delays

An extra 330 staff and 160 ambulances will be sought over the next three years to boost the East of England Ambulance Service, thanks to an increase in funding announced this week. This will see funding rise from the £213.5m spent in 2017/18 to £225m in 2018/19. Subject to activity remaining as predicted, it will then rise again to £240m in 2019/20.

Therese said: "It has taken considerable leadership to increase the funding for the ambulance service and I am pleased to have worked towards this. Well done to the Clinical Commissioning Groups for agreeing to a six-year contract with the ambulance service. I hope it will make a considerable difference, particularly in rural areas, though I'm conscious it can still be challenging recruiting paramedics."

Therese added: "The main problem is still about the length of time ambulances have to wait at several hospitals to transfer patients. I have raised this issue with NHS leadership and the Health Minister. I am pleased that significant progress is being made but we need to keep the pressure on those hospitals."

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