Following recent coverage about our additional funding request to our commissioners so that we can further improve our services, this is the full statement we have sent to media.
Richard Henderson, Chief Executive at East Midlands Ambulance Service said:
“Despite the efficiencies made at EMAS there is a fundamental gap between the resources we need and the funding we presently receive. This is demonstrated by national benchmarking undertaken by the National Audit Office, and a formal review undertaken jointly with commissioners. These resources are essential if we are to meet the present requirements of our population, as well as remain responsive to the continuing growth in demand.
“In response to this evidence, we have requested additional funding of £20million per annum on a phased basis from our commissioners. This funding would enable us to increase the number of clinicians and ambulances that we have on the road so that we can improve both our ambulance response times overall, and minimise the risk of prolonged waits.
“As we would need to recruit and train staff and secure additional ambulances these changes would not happen overnight; however, we are ready to move forward with these plans with urgency if commissioners approve the funding requested.”
Although we continue to strive for improvements, we do not believe that it is possible to achieve national standards in full without these essential additional resources. While we await a response from our commissioners, we continue to focus on delivering the best possible care that we can to our patients.