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Ambulance Services: Standards

Health written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of reviewing A8 ambulance response times in England.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

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.

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