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Ambulance Services

Volume 87: debated on Wednesday 27 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report the recommended number of people per ambulance in the provision of full 24-hour ambulance cover in a community of average density of population which is partially urban and partially rural, and where the road system is average.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of ambulance services in England rests with health authorities locally. There is no central advice on vehicle manning levels. It is for each ambulance authority to determine the manpower needed to carry out the duties required in any particular 24-hour period. Variations in manning requirements will be affected by a number of factors which can be known and estimated only locally.