[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 30 March 2007, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Bonus for better response times
EMAS ambulance
Four million people live in the area covered by the service
East Midlands Ambulance Service has won a 1m bonus for being the most improved UK ambulance service.

The money from the Department of Health is awarded for exceeding national targets in responding to emergencies.

Ambulance crews have to reach high priority cases - such as heart attack victims - within eight minutes, and category B cases in 19 minutes.

The region's ambulances arrived at more than 68% of these calls within the target time.

To have achieved this is excellent
Chairman Chris Faircliffe, East Midlands Ambulance Service

Ambulance spokesman Phil Morris said the money would be used for a variety of projects including relocating the service's control centre from Beechdale Road, Nottingham to a business park in Cinderhill.

The service was rated "weak" by the Healthcare Commission in October 2006 because it failed to hit targets in responding to non-urgent calls.

The service was getting to about 61% of its calls in the target time at that point, but by March the level had reached 68.66% - the best response rate in the country.

The service, which originally covered Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire, was expanded last year to include Northamptonshire and Lincolnshire.

"To have achieved this is excellent," board chairman Chris Faircliffe said.

Ambulance trusts are expected to respond to 75% of category A emergency calls within eight minutes by April 2008.


SEE ALSO
Chairman opposes ambulance merger
17 May 06 |  Lincolnshire
Union warns jobs may go in merger
03 Dec 05 |  Leicestershire
Ambulance service plans go public
13 Dec 05 |  Leicestershire
Plans to increase ambulance area
02 Dec 05 |  Leicestershire

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific