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Funding boost for ambulance service to cope with winter pressures

PUBLISHED: 15:38 16 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:38 16 February 2014

Ambulances parked up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Denise Bradley

Ambulances parked up outside A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Picture: Denise Bradley

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The under-performing East of England Ambulance Service has received a funding boost to help cope with winter pressures.

The ambulance trust, which has been criticised for slow responses to patients over the last 18 months, has been successful in an application for £1.3m from NHS England.

An extra £150m has been made available to NHS organisations to support urgent and emergency care system plans this winter.

Almost £900,000 of the £1.3m will be spent on Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer roles in 16 hospitals across the region to help speed up ambulance hand over times at Accident and Emergency departments. £387,608 will be spent on private ambulance provision to help meet winter demands, whilst £54,119 will be spent on extra control room resource during busy periods.

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