A total of 1,000 ambulance services are now part of the National Ambulance Service Network (NASN), with over 100,000 people using them.
The NASN, a joint venture between the Department for Transport and NHS England, and the Department of Health, will see thousands of new ambulances being added to its network, with a goal of 100,00 new vehicles in its first year.
The changes, which will see more than 100,0000 vehicles added to the NASN by 2021, were announced by the NASD Chief Executive Officer Dr Matthew Bickford in a briefing today.
He said the changes would mean more people were getting to and from work safely and more patients were being cared for safely.
“As the number of ambulances grows, we want to be able to provide more care and support to people who need it, so we’re looking to expand the network of the NASNs,” he said.
NASN’s Chief Executive Dr Matthew M. Bickfield said the network’s changes would see more people able to access the NHS.
He said: “It’s about giving more people access to the NHS, and it’s about reducing the risk of dying in the first place.”
We know that people who can access the care they need, get the care that they need.
“When people are able to get into the hospital safely, they can do the things that they normally do, and that makes a big difference to how well they do in the NHS.”
NASNs plans to increase the number and size of its ambulance fleet by a further 60,000 vehicles to help make sure people are taken to hospital as quickly as possible.
Bickford said the NASNP would continue to expand its services to people from the age of 10 to help ensure they had the right care when they needed it.
It will also look to improve the quality of life of those with respiratory conditions.
In addition, he said NASNs planned to make changes to its clinical training, which would see it focus on delivering the right type of care to patients, not just the ones who need help the most.
The NASN is the first of its kind in the world.
The NHS has an existing fleet of 4,000 ambulances, with the Government’s Ambulances Partnership currently operating the fleet.
However, the NASn is being led by a team of doctors, nurses, ambulance drivers and paramedics who will be able take over running the service.
NHS chief executive Dr Matthew D. BICKFORD said: “Our aim is to be a very good partner to the health service, delivering high-quality, high-value care to those who need our help.”
It’s our ambition to build a network of 50,000 of our own, and we’re determined to build it over the next 10 years.
“The first of the fleet will be delivered by 2021 and will be powered by an electric ambulance.
There are currently 4,500 of these vehicles in operation.
While the first batch of vehicles are not yet operational, the NHS will be building additional fleet of approximately 10,000 in the coming years.
Dr Bickfords vision is to make NASNs vehicles the “most reliable” in the country.
For more information about the NAS Network visit http://www.nas.org.uk/news/news.aspx?news_id=2639&news_category=news&newsId=2619.
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