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Ambulance Service

Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 29 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients have been carried per division by the Lancashire ambulance service (a) as emergencies and (b) as hospital transport in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement regarding the effects of the quota system.

The available information in respect of the whole of the Lancashire ambulance service is given in the table. Figures for 1986 are not yet available.

Lancashire ambulance authority

Number of patient-journeys1

Emergency

2Non-emergency

197953,758601,593
198053,378593,229
198153,181564,131
198254,320589,269
198354,959624,547
198456,224618,061
198556,888621,404

1 One patient-journey means one patient carried in one direction, either to or from hospital.

2 Includes agency services, supplementary services, rail and air.

Information is not collected centrally by division of the ambulance service. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of the Preston health authority which is responsible for managing the Lancashire ambulance service.

Information on the operation of the quota system introduced in 1976 which applies to non-emergency patient journeys only can also be obtained from the Preston health authority.