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Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd October 2018.

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Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care) 12:00 am, 23rd October 2018

As the hon. Lady will know, since 2010, the number of paramedics has increased by more than 30% and the pay band has been increased from band 5 to band 6. She will also know from the excellent work of Lord Carter that there was significant variation between ambulance services and a significant opportunity to make savings that can be reinvested in ambulances by addressing differences in sickness rates, “hear and treat” and “see and treat” rates and other variables. We have also committed additional funding for new ambulances, including in the north-west, which will be in place by this winter.