Ambulance Services

Health written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the need for regulation of private ambulance services to reflect practice in the NHS.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

We have encouraged self-regulation of private ambulance services and have made it clear to national health service organisations that, if they are using private ambulance companies, they must satisfy themselves that the organisation has suitably trained staff for the task and conforms to legal and other relevant standards.

The use of private ambulance services in the NHS is covered by a code of practice issued in 1993 (EL(93)109).

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