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NHS: Emergencies

Health written question – answered on 19th October 2012.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Labour, Bassetlaw

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what protocol arrangements he has reached with the NHS on the number of ambulances required to attend a designated major disaster; and within what timescales attendance would happen.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Ambulance services determine the level of resources required to attend a major incident using tools set out in the 2005 Department of Health Emergency Planning Guidance and in individual Trusts' Major Incidents Procedures. This is in line with the requirements of the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Response times are set by the Department for ambulance services. Ambulance trusts are required to reach 75% of the most seriously ill and injured patients within eight minutes.

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