Ambulances responding to 999 calls should become "mobile urgent treatment services, not just urgent transport services", NHS Director Sir Bruce Keogh said today.
Announcing his findings of a major review into how to ease pressure on services and improve A&E care he said ambulances could treat people inside the vehicle, instead of bringing them to hospital.
He suggested more training for paramedics so the vehicles could operate safely as urgent treatment centres, and said closer links need established between the ambulance service and GPs and community health teams.
More top news
I think it is fair to say that was the best speech I have seen David Cameron give in the decade I have been reporting on him.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand doesn't believe England will be successful until the FA and Premier League work together
Essex Police say that they can't comment on Martin Goldberg's death, but there were indications of an attempt to destroy evidence.