Ambulance service needs £30million to get to patients in time

Essex County Standard: Ambulance service needs £30million to get to patients in time Ambulance service needs £30million to get to patients in time

THE ambulance service does not have enough resources to do the job properly and needs another £30million a year, it has admitted.

The East of England Ambulance Service has consistently failed to get to patients as quickly as they want or as quickly as required.

It has attempted to get more ambulances on the roads and to recruit more paramedics to fill them but has struggled to do so.

on Wednesday the board discussed a clinical capacity review which highlighted what was needed to hit targets and prevent the wide variation in performance across the six counties it serves.

A spokesman said: “Once the Trust optimises its efficiency with current resources there is still a substantial shortfall between the resources available and the resources required.

“This is equivalent to more than 30 ambulances and seven rapid response vehicles, although it will be higher still at daily peaks.

“It is estimated the additional resources required will cost in the region of £25-30 million per year.”

The trust is now reviewing where it can make improvements without more cash being given by the Government.

All ambulance stations are being reviewed to see if they are in the best places.

The trust is trying to save £20million from back office functions to invest in the frontline services.

It is also working with clinical commissioning groups, which provide NHS services, to see if they can help with the gap in resources.

And, while the service continues its attempts to recruit more paramedics, it is looking at how they can make up the shortfall in the short term.

Trust chairman Dr Geoffrey Harris OBE said: “Transforming our ambulance service is going to take time – possibly three to five years, but we have made a good start.

“We know the issues we have to address, we have a plan in place and we are making changes and seeing some early signs of improvement.”

Interim Chief Executive Andrew Morgan said: “It has taken us a long time to get to this point, but we are starting to make headway.

“The issues we faced were deeper and broader than anyone realised, but we are starting to make progress.”

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7:29am Fri 29 Nov 13

Ian P says...

I am not denying that a few more ambulances and Paramedics would not be appreciated, but this alone will not resolve the issue. Unfortunately, once a patient has been put into an ambulance that ambulance is 'out of use' as far as other patients are concerned, until it off loads the patient at a hospital. Until they eliminate the real 'bottleneck' in the process, i.e. A&E performance, more ambulances will just mean longer queues and more Paramedics waiting to off load patients. The whole process can be compared to a mass production assembly line and anyone experienced in such matters will confirm that the process performance will not be enhanced simply by throwing money at it, until any 'bottlenecks' are reduced.
I am not denying that a few more ambulances and Paramedics would not be appreciated, but this alone will not resolve the issue. Unfortunately, once a patient has been put into an ambulance that ambulance is 'out of use' as far as other patients are concerned, until it off loads the patient at a hospital. Until they eliminate the real 'bottleneck' in the process, i.e. A&E performance, more ambulances will just mean longer queues and more Paramedics waiting to off load patients. The whole process can be compared to a mass production assembly line and anyone experienced in such matters will confirm that the process performance will not be enhanced simply by throwing money at it, until any 'bottlenecks' are reduced. Ian P

7:31am Fri 29 Nov 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Fat chance, they are incompetent, throwing money at it would be throwing money down the drain
Fat chance, they are incompetent, throwing money at it would be throwing money down the drain Nowthatsworthknowing

7:49am Fri 29 Nov 13

Bhudeeka says...

what they need are less traffic on the roads and less morons who refuse to give way for them in order to get to patients
what they need are less traffic on the roads and less morons who refuse to give way for them in order to get to patients Bhudeeka

11:54am Fri 29 Nov 13

zerowasteisthewaytogo says...

What they also need is more joined up thinking of getting patients well in hospital. This includes good and available food and physiotherapy - including the practice that comes with walking to the loo and up and down the ward. This won't happen without enough staff. People will get better faster and then be able to leave without the great likelihood of returning soon afterwards following a fall.

With fitter people being discharged and fewer being readmitted by ambulance fewer will need to travel by hospital transport (because they can't be got into a relative/friend's car safely and easily) - or ambulance.
What they also need is more joined up thinking of getting patients well in hospital. This includes good and available food and physiotherapy - including the practice that comes with walking to the loo and up and down the ward. This won't happen without enough staff. People will get better faster and then be able to leave without the great likelihood of returning soon afterwards following a fall. With fitter people being discharged and fewer being readmitted by ambulance fewer will need to travel by hospital transport (because they can't be got into a relative/friend's car safely and easily) - or ambulance. zerowasteisthewaytogo

8:04pm Fri 29 Nov 13

Tich25 says...

More money is needed by all Public Services but with so many people out of work and on benefits it is draining the public purse. It doesnt matter how effient a service is with insuffent personnel there will be failures in the service
More money is needed by all Public Services but with so many people out of work and on benefits it is draining the public purse. It doesnt matter how effient a service is with insuffent personnel there will be failures in the service Tich25

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