EMAS fined £3.5m for missing target

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has been fined £3.5 million after failing to meet a response time target for a third consecutive year.

The penalty was imposed by NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the lead commissioning co-ordinator, which now oversees the performance of EMAS after the trust met only of of the two national standards required.

The A8 measure, which requires the ambulance service to get a response to 75 per cent of all immediately life threatening calls within eight minutes was achieved but the category A19 performance, which requires the trust to get an ambulance to 95 per cent of patients in 19 minutes fell short at 91.85 per cent.

Rakesh Marwaha, Chief Officer of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “It’s vital that patients in the East Midlands receive high quality care as swiftly as possible and clearly there is still work to do to ensure that EMAS achieve the response standards required.

“The national NHS contract has a financial consequence for ambulance trusts who fail to meet the agreed national standards for response times across an entire year. This equates to 2.5 per cent of the contact value (around £3.5m) and this consequence has been applied.”

He added that investment had been made into EMAS to transform performance, including £3.4 million to recruit 155 additional employees.