To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of ambulance services in rural areas.
Following the Ambulance Response Programme (ARP), ambulance services in England are currently adapting their operating models to optimise performance against the revised national performance framework and make the best use of resources in order to meet clinical need.
The impact of ARP on rural response times was independently reviewed by Sheffield University. This analysis showed that with the introduction of the new prioritisation system, differences between rural and urban populations were reduced, suggesting that the response to urban and rural populations will be more similar in the future.
A review of the impact of the new performance framework will be undertaken in the spring.