It has been revealed that NHS Ambulance trusts are spending tens of millions of pounds on private ambulances to attend 999 calls. Some trusts have also said that they rely on private firms due to the chronic shortage of NHS staff as well as problems with recruitment.
Research also shows that England’s ten ambulance trusts spent more than £92 million in the last year on private ambulances and private taxis to transport patients. In areas within the South of England, almost one in five emergency calls result in a private ambulance being sent out, according to data obtained by the AP news agency.
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