The Act on Ambulances campaigners have welcomed news that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust is to receive a cash injection of up to £15 million from local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) within the NHS.
North Norfolk CCG, which has the worst response times in the East of England, is set to pledge an extra £400,000.
The Act on Ambulances campaign was set up by North Norfolk Labour Party campaigners following concerns that the government was planning to cut the Trust’s budgets. These cash injections from CCGs will ensure there is investment in the 999 service.
Denise Burke, an Act on Ambulances campaigner and Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said:
“We welcome more investment in the ambulance service here in the East of England from the CCGs.
Dr Anthony Marsh, the top boss at the ambulance trust, told residents at our public meeting last month that the service needed better funding in order to purchase up-to-date vehicles and fund more qualified staff.
This is a positive move and answers some of our campaigners’ concerns.I hope the investment will show a boost in ambulance response times.”