Ambulances should treat more and transport fewer patients, NHS Improvement saysBMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4106 (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4106
- Matthew Limb
- London, UK
NHS ambulance trusts must do more to root out inefficiencies, improve assessment of 999 calls, and better equip crews to treat more patients at the scene of emergencies, a report from NHS Improvement has said.1
The report says that the 10 ambulance trusts in England could improve patient care and save £500m (€562m; $658m) a year by 2021—£300m by reducing avoidable transfers to emergency departments and £200m by improving infrastructure and staff productivity.
Trusts had too many old ambulances, the NHS’s highest sickness levels, low technology take-up, and unnecessary variations in performance, the report said. It made nine recommendations and called on NHS England to develop a five year plan by …