The East of England Ambulance Service is to put 15 more ambulances on the road following a series of criticisms over poor response times particularly in rural areas.
The Trust has also announced a recruitment drive for 75 new paramedics and 124 new emergency care assistants.
The executive team of the Ambulance Trust announced the extra vehicles would be operational from next Monday. According to the Trust they will be placed at key locations after a review in direct response to patient and staff feedback to identify where more double staffed ambulances might be needed.
Campaigners calling for a better ambulance response times have welcomed news that more vehicles will be taking to the roads.
North Norfolk Labour Party, which created the Act on Ambulances campaign, have welcomed an announcement today that the East of England Ambulance Service Trust is to return a number of ambulances to the region that were initially earmarked to be cut.
The new ambulances are part of a raft of measures being introduced by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Interim Chief Executive Andrew Morgan since he took over the helm less than two months ago.
There will also be more effective rotas and the recruitment drive will bring the total number of frontline staff to nearly double over seven years.
There will be five new ambulances each in Suffolk and Norfolk with three in Essex and two in Cambridgeshire.
The Ambulance Trust will put the additional double staffed ambulances in the following places:
- Beccles, Suffolk
- Chelmsford, Essex
- Cromer, Norfolk
- Dereham, Norfolk
- Diss, Norfolk
- Downham Market, Norfolk
- Felixstowe, Suffolk
- Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
- Mildenhall, Suffolk
- Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
- Potter Heigham, Norfolk
- Saxmundham, Suffolk
- Southend, Essex
- Sudbury, Suffolk
- Weeley, Essex