East Anglia: 120 replacement ambulances delivered month ahead of schedule
PUBLISHED: 10:18 04 June 2014 | UPDATED: 10:47 04 June 2014
More than 100 replacement ambulances are now in action across the region - a month ahead of schedule.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust set out its intentions to buy new ambulances earlier this year and 120 replacements are now in use.
Chief executive Dr Anthony Marsh said the planned completion of the roll-out was the end of June, adding: “I’m delighted that these ambulances have now been delivered across the region; our staff have worked incredibly hard in order to make this happen so quickly. But this is just the beginning and as the fleet replacement programme continues this year, we will have no vehicle older than five years by spring next year.
“We’re also working hard to achieve my other key priorities which include recruiting 400 new paramedics and up-skilling our emergency care assistants and emergency medical technicians. We know we have a lot of work to do in order to improve the service, but this is a great sign that we are on the right track.”
The final ambulance of the 120 replacements was delivered to Peterborough ambulance station with staff welcoming its arrival.
EEAST has also put in a replacement programme of 68 rapid response cars with brand new Skoda Scouts which is due to be completed this month.