Ambulance Services: Airwave Service

Health written question – answered at on 3 November 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original timetable for the provision of Airwave radios to the Ambulance Service was, broken down by ambulance service trust; what the latest performance is against that timetable, broken down by trust; and when he expects full implementation to be achieved.

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

The information requested is in the following table.

Trust Service Area (Trust pre Reconfiguration) Original service commencement date Service commencement date or forecast date
East of England Ambulance Service Essex October 2006 June 2007
East Anglia September 2007 Q3 2009
Beds and Herts August 2007
East Midlands Ambulance Service Lincolnshire November 2006 September 2007
East Midlands October 2007 Q12009
Northants (part of Two Shires AS) December 2007
Great Western Ambulance Service Gloucestershire March 2008 Q2 2009
Avon February 2008
Wiltshire April 2008
Isle of Wight Isle of Wight January 2007 Q4 2008
London Ambulance Service London February 2008 Q3 2009
North East Ambulance Service Newcastle(1) October 2007 December 2007
North West Ambulance Service Greater Manchester May 2008 Q4 2009
Lanes January 2008
Cumbria February 2007
Mersey November 2007
South East Coast Ambulance Service Kent May 2008 Q2 2009
Surrey November 2006
Sussex May 2007
South Central Ambulance Service Hants August 2007 Q4 2009
Bucks (Part of Two Shires AS) December 2007
Oxfordshire May 2007
Royal Berkshire May 2008
South Western Ambulance Service Dorset December 2006 Q2 2009
West country December 2007
West Midlands Ambulance Service West Midlands December 2006 Q1 2009
Shropshire April 2008
Staffordshire December 2007
Coventry and Warks February 2007
Hereford and Worcestershire November 2006 December 2007
Yorkshire Ambulance Service West Yorkshire Metropolitan March 2007 Q3 2009
East and North Yorkshire July 2007
South Yorkshire February 2007 December 2007
(1) A second Airwave service will be introduced for the North East Ambulance Service's second control room whose location is yet to be finalised.

The principal cause for a later service commencement date has been the significant re-scoping and redesigning of the radio solution following the major reconfiguration of the Ambulance Trusts in 2006. This has resulted in a more resilient and flexible solution being delivered which comes about through the networking of two of the communication control system and the ability of Trust control rooms to connect to either system. It is planned that all Trusts will have full service by the end of 2009.

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