East of England Ambulance Service buys extra ambulances in a bid to improve waiting times

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The East of England Ambulance Service has announced it will have an extra 15 vehicles serving the region from Monday.

The NHS trust has bought the extra ambulances which are to be placed at key locations including Mildenhall, in direct response to patient and staff feedback to identify where more double staffed ambulances (DSAs) might be needed.

It is one of several measures being introduced by Trust Interim Chief Executive Andrew Morgan who took over less than two months ago.

The extra ambulances come on top of existing plans for more effective rotas and a recruitment drive for 75 new paramedics and 124 emergency care assistants.

Mr Morgan said: “After reviewing the situation and listening to patient and staff feedback it became clear that getting more double staffed ambulances out there was a priority that would directly benefit patients and reduce waiting times.

“We will be working with staff on crewing the vehicles while we get our new frontline paramedics and ECAs on board as quickly as possible.”