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Ambulance trusts are performance managed against the target requiring 75% of category A (immediately life threatening) calls to receive a response within eight minutes, which is a headline measure in the NHS Operating Framework. A8 ambulance response times data are published monthly.
The Department is considering changes to strengthen the A8 ambulance response time target. We are looking at the whole system of dealing with care for the most seriously ill patients. We will introduce changes once a safe approach is agreed; but our priority is to maintain the highest quality care.