Monday, 22 April 2013

Private ambulances 'risk patient safety'

An apparent increase in the use of private ambulances in the NHS is a risk to patient safety, Labour has warned.
It says freedom of information requests show spending on private vehicles by three English ambulance services rose by millions over two years.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the services were "being privatised without proper debate".
The government accused Labour of "rank hypocrisy", saying private ambulances were introduced by the last government.
The figures showed an increase in spending of £5.4m on private contractors by the South East Coast Ambulance Service, from £1.9m, in 2010/2011, to £7.3m, in 2012/2013.
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