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Ambulances to aid CCG with NHS 111

Ambulances to aid CCG with NHS 111

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A local ambulance service could be drafted in to stabilise non-emergency phone line NHS 111. 

Following the drop out of main provider NHS Direct, a new organisation is not expected to take over until summer 2014. 

NHS Direct claimed the service was “financially unsustainable”. 

A report prepared for Warrington CCG stated that the move to using the ambulance service is expected to take place this autumn. 

According to a local newspaper, the report stated: “To ensure there is no deterioration in service, initially NHS Direct will work with a ‘stability partner’… Likely to be the North West Ambulance Service.

“Also during the autumn, a re-procurement process will begin based on a refreshed service specification.” 

However, Dr Andy Davies, chairman of Warrington CCG, defended the service saying 111 is ‘saving money for Warrington every day’.

He said since NHS 111 was introduced, doctors and nurses could now be employed to assess ill people at the primary care urgent care unit with 97% of patients being seen, treated and discharged the same day. 

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