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Technical amendment to the category A8 ambulance response time

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A letter has been sent out to strategic health authorities (SHAs) to request plans from ambulance trusts that demonstrate improvement in category…

A letter has been sent out to strategic health authorities (SHAs) to request plans from ambulance trusts that demonstrate improvement in category A Red 1 performance. There is an expectation that each ambulance trust will achieve the 80 per cent response time standard within eight minutes by April 2013 .

Performance against the category A eight minute standard will be reported and assessed separately for Red 1 and Red 2 calls including in the NHS performance framework for ambulance trusts. SHAs are expected to work with ambulance trusts to set plans to be submitted by 22 June 2012 to their normal PDT contact and for SHAs to review Red 1 performance throughout the year.

Read the letter, Performance improvement of category Red 1 calls following the technical amendment to the category A8 ambulance response time from Alan hall, Director of Performance, NHS Finance, Performance and Operations.

The A8 measure was split into two parts, Red 1 and Red 2 from the 1 June 2012 and that clock start for category A Red 2 calls is being changed. This was described in a letter of 16 May on Changes to ambulance response time categories.