emergency services

East of England Ambulance bosses are calling for more people to join the frontline due to a ‘concerning’ increased level of demand.

Figures released by the Trust show that 999 calls for the sickest patients – known as red one (cardiac arrests and where the patient is not breathing) and red two (other life-threatening situations) – were 22 per cent higher in April 2016 compared to April 2015.

The ambulance service says red 999 calls are the most challenging as the Government-set target time to respond to these critical calls is eight minutes.

Robert Morton, Chief Executive, said this “concerning” increased level of activity comes as the service continues negotiations with commissioning groups to secure funding for a new operating model so the service can deliver services in a more sustainable way. “The sheer scale of growth in demand is masking some of the progress we are actually making,” he said.

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