More ambulances for region

The East of England Ambulance Service is to put 15 extra ambulances on the road and recruit 200 new staff.

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Ambulance concerns to be raised by MP

The East of England Ambulance Trust has put an extra 15 vehicles on the road Credit: ITV News Anglia

Concerns about the ability of the East of England Ambulance Trust to meet emergency response times will be raised by North Norfolk MP and Health Minister Norman Lamb later today.

Earlier this week the Trust started putting an extra 15 vehicles on the road each day to improve services. It then emerged that there aren't enough staff to crew them.

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Health minister welcomes more ambulances

Health minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has welcomed new ambulances. Credit: Tim Moynihan/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Health minister and North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb has welcomed news that the East of England is to get more ambulances and paramedics.

Mr Lamb said: "“I have persistently highlighted the problem of unacceptably slow response times, taking up concerns from the public and from ambulance staff themselves. The key thing now is that these steps bring improvements in the service for patients."

The East of England Ambuance Trust has announced it is putting 15 more full-time ambulances on the roads from Monday. It follows months of criticism over poor response times and cuts to services.

There will also be a recruitment drive for 200 more frontline staff.

More ambulances and paramedics announced

The East of England Ambuance Trust has announced it is putting 15 more full-time ambulances on the roads from Monday. It follows months of criticism over poor response times and cuts to services.

There will also be a recruitment drive for 200 more frontline staff.

The dramatic announcement - which affects ambulance stations in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk - came just hours after the latest protest over planned cuts in North Norfolk.

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Campaigners welcome extra ambulances

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.

"We have constantly argued that the move to replace ambulances with Rapid Response Vehicles - as a result of government cuts in funding - would not bring the improvements that health officials wanted."

– Denise Burke, North Norfolk Labour Party

More ambulances for much-criticised service

The East of England Ambulance Service is putting 15 more ambulances on the road and recruiting more staff Credit: ITV Anglia

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 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.

The Trust has also announced a recruitment drive for 75 new paramedics and 124 new emergency care assistants.

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