Ambulance service gets a £1.2m fine

Ambulance service gets a £1.2m fine

Ambulance service gets a £1.2m fine

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THE East of England Ambulance Service has been fined £1.2 million for failing to reach three quarters of life-threatening emergencies within eight minutes.

The trust handles more than 900,000 emergency 999 calls a year in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

The Department of Health has also fined the East of England Ambulance Service £300,000 over its turnaround times at hospitals.

The new fines totalling £1.5million have built up over three months from April to July.

The ambulance trust must pay the £300,000 fine now and the £1.2million at the end of the financial year.

The trust serves 19 clinical commissioning groups, the GPled organisations in charge of local NHS budgets.

The fines will be distributed among the clinical commissioning groups, according to the percentage of their payment to the ambulance service contract.

The lead commissioners are the Ipswich and East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.

Wendy Tankard, its chief contracts officer, said the ambulance consortia members had contributed £9.5million to support the trust’s programme to ensure targets are met above their contract commitments.

She said: “They will continue to incur financial consequences if performance standards are not met.”

Dr Anthony Marsh took on the role of chief executive of East of England Ambulance Service in January. A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said it was working hard to turn around the ambulance service, recruiting hundreds of new frontline staff, bringing in new emergency ambulances and upskilling staff, while making £10million of savings.

The spokesman added: “We are really pleased with the support from our clinical commissioning groups, especially in the significant investment they have put into the ambulance service this year to enable us to make some of these changes.

“Obviously, as we get closer to the end of the year, we will be working closely with commissioners to discuss the impact of any fines and how these might be managed.”

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8:46pm Tue 2 Sep 14

st botolphs round & roundabout says...

Taking money off them/fining them must be counteractive. Should be the other way round.
Taking money off them/fining them must be counteractive. Should be the other way round. st botolphs round & roundabout
  • Score: 7

10:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

The old see dog says...

This is really going to help, they are short of money as it is. The new fines totalling £1.5million, will be distributed among the clinical commissioning group.

The commissioners are the Ipswich and East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. But what will really is it will go into someones bank account or pension fund.

What happens if THE East of England Ambulance Service goes bankrupt?
This is really going to help, they are short of money as it is. The new fines totalling £1.5million, will be distributed among the clinical commissioning group. The commissioners are the Ipswich and East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. But what will really is it will go into someones bank account or pension fund. What happens if THE East of England Ambulance Service goes bankrupt? The old see dog
  • Score: 2

12:40am Wed 3 Sep 14

Boris says...

Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in.
How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"?
It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness.
Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in. How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"? It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness. Boris
  • Score: 1

12:58am Wed 3 Sep 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Boris wrote:
Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in.
How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"?
It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness.
Boris, I think this may be the fourth time I totally agree with you! You sure you are not a nazi at heart?
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in. How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"? It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness.[/p][/quote]Boris, I think this may be the fourth time I totally agree with you! You sure you are not a nazi at heart? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 0

8:59am Wed 3 Sep 14

romantic says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Boris wrote:
Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in.
How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"?
It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness.
Boris, I think this may be the fourth time I totally agree with you! You sure you are not a nazi at heart?
The other alternative is that you might be a proper old socialist, deep down...

Fully agree with what Boris is saying here. What on earth is the point of fining the ambulance service when the main cause of the problem is the amount of time spent waiting to offload at A & E? There are too many people involved in health services now who never actually come into contact with a patient. Their job is collating information, setting targets, the stereotypical ticking of boxes.

So we take £1.5m away from the funding of ambulances. Does anybody really believe that this is in some way going to "shame" the service into performing better. Of course not, because there is no shame. The people on the ground, the ones who actually go out in the ambulances, do a superb job in the face of layers of management who wouldn't know one end of a stretcher from another - but get paid more than the people in the ambulance. Rather than taking £1.5m away, shave off some of these layers of bureaucracy to save cash.

The prime function of the ambulance service is to get patients to hospital safely and quickly; anything else is just fluff imposed by a management who make up arbitrary targets to justify their existence.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous. Everyone knows that ambulances are regularly held up because A and E departments are not adequately staffed to receive patients as the ambulances bring them in. How many penpushers have to be employed to calculate the thousands of delays that go to make up these "fines"? It is the triumph of bureaucracy over health care. Sheer madness.[/p][/quote]Boris, I think this may be the fourth time I totally agree with you! You sure you are not a nazi at heart?[/p][/quote]The other alternative is that you might be a proper old socialist, deep down... Fully agree with what Boris is saying here. What on earth is the point of fining the ambulance service when the main cause of the problem is the amount of time spent waiting to offload at A & E? There are too many people involved in health services now who never actually come into contact with a patient. Their job is collating information, setting targets, the stereotypical ticking of boxes. So we take £1.5m away from the funding of ambulances. Does anybody really believe that this is in some way going to "shame" the service into performing better. Of course not, because there is no shame. The people on the ground, the ones who actually go out in the ambulances, do a superb job in the face of layers of management who wouldn't know one end of a stretcher from another - but get paid more than the people in the ambulance. Rather than taking £1.5m away, shave off some of these layers of bureaucracy to save cash. The prime function of the ambulance service is to get patients to hospital safely and quickly; anything else is just fluff imposed by a management who make up arbitrary targets to justify their existence. romantic
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