New ambulance plan to deliver ‘value for money’

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com...COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>..12th September 2011.................Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)..Launch of consultation document at the Wakefield HQ..Pictured are Della Canning, Chairman and David Whiting, Chief Executive of YAS.

Pix: Shaun Flannery/shaunflanneryphotography.com...COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>..12th September 2011.................Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS)..Launch of consultation document at the Wakefield HQ..Pictured are Della Canning, Chairman and David Whiting, Chief Executive of YAS.

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A new strategy has been approved for improving the quality of care provided by Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

The five-year plan, which has been signed off by the Yorkshire Ambulance Trust Board, priorities maintaining the responsiveness of the service, achieving cost savings, and achieving Foundation Trust status.

There is also particular focus on saving more patients who have suffered major trauma or cardiac arrest and improving the outcomes for heart attack and stroke victims.

Chairman Della Cannings QPM said the Integrated Business Plan would provide Yorkshire with an ambulance service that would deliver ‘value for money’.

“The needs and expectations of society are growing at a time of significant financial challenge for the whole country, and it would be wrong for any organisation to ignore this,” she said.

“The days when ambulance staff picked up patients and drove them as quickly as possible to the nearest hospital are a distant memory.

“Our services, clinical capability and technology have improved dramatically in recent years with staff now administering many treatments at the scene of an incident which would previously only have been carried out in a hospital setting.

“We fully recognise that this is only the start of the journey and that we must continue to improve and adapt in order to meet the changing needs of our patients and to deliver improved health outcomes,” she said.

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