The ambulance service bringing care closer to home
North West Ambulance Service is trying to reduce avoidable hospital admissions following a national review
A review of ambulance services in England by Lord Carter of Coles suggested last month that the NHS could save £300 million a year by 2021 by caring for patients closer to home.
The report for NHS Improvement, Operational Productivity and Performance in English Ambulance NHS Trusts: Unwarranted Variations, looked at the productivity of ten ambulance trusts across England and focused on the urgent and emergency service.
The review found sickness absence at the trusts was the highest of all NHS sectors and there were recruitment and retention issues across the service. There were also the highest levels of bullying and harassment in the NHS and unacceptable levels of violence towards staff.
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