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Ambulance Services

Health written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to ensure that ambulance trusts not meeting their response targets are brought up to the national minimum standard.

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

Ambulance trust performance for response times is published monthly and monitored through regular discussions between the Department and strategic health authorities and against the NHS performance framework.

For 2011-12, all ambulance trusts met the response time standards. The Category A8 performance measure of 75%, for the proportion of Category A calls resulting in an emergency response arriving within eight minutes was 76.1%. The Category Al9 performance measure of 95%, for the proportion of calls to receive an ambulance vehicle capable of transporting the patient within 19 minutes of the request for transport being made was 96.8%.

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