Emergency Calls

Health written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Opposition Deputy Chief Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of calls to the 999 emergency services number were requests for an ambulance in the most recent year for which figures are available (a) in total and (b) broken down by trust; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department does not collect the total number of all 999 calls across emergency services. However, in 2006-07 there were 6.33 million emergency calls reported by ambulance trusts across England.

Information broken down by trust is available in the latest statistical bulletin. "Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07" was published in June 2007 and is available in the Library and on the Information Centre for health and social care website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/webfiles/publications/ambulanceserv06/Final%20Ambulance%20Services%202006-07.pdf

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