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Ambulances should treat more and transport fewer patients, NHS Improvement says

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4106 (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4106
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 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 …

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