Ambulance service fined for slow responses

THE ambulance service that covers the Daventry area has been fined £5 million for its response times which were the slowest in the country.

East Midlands Ambulance Service last year failed to meet the 75 per cent annual target for attending the most serious category A calls – where life is in immediate danger – within eight minutes.

It has now been revealed it was fined £5 million, by NHS Derbyshire County, which oversees the performance of the service, although because of the complex NHS sanctions system, the money is given back to re-invest in improvements.

The latest figures, released by the Department of Health, confirmed that the proportion of category A calls resulting in an emergency response arriving in eight minutes was 77.4 per cent nationally compared with 74.4 per cent in the East Midlands.