Erewash NHS fines ambulance service


The ambulance service has been fined £3.5m by the group which recently took over running NHS services in Erewash.

NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) imposed the penalty on East Midlands Ambulance Trust (EMAS) after it met only one of the two national standards required.

The trust fell short of its target to get an ambulance to 95 per cent of patients in 19 minutes, achieveing 91.85 per cent.

As well as being in charge of health services in Erewash the CCG now oversees the performance of EMAS, which was previously the remit of Derbyshire Primary Care Trust.

Chief officer of NHS Erewash CCG, Rakesh Marwaha, said: “Clearly there is still work to do to ensure that EMAS achieve the response standards required.”

The financial consequence for ambulance trusts which fail to meet national standards fro response times is about 2.5 per cent of the contract value, which was £3.5m in EMAS’s case.

“We have further invested money into EMAS in key areas which will help to transform performance,” added Mr Marwaha.

“EMAS will also be incentivised to achieve further funding up to a total of £3.4m if all targets are achieved. All of our patients can be assured that we have acted and invested to significantly uplift performance.”

East Midlands CCGs have invested £3.4m to help EMAS recruit 155 new employees and provide extra voluntary and private transport, he added.