Extra staff so more paramedics can take life-threatening calls
AMBULANCE bosses have announced £2.8 million plans to invest in frontline staff so more paramedics can deal with life-threatening calls.
East Midlands Ambulance Service is to bring in 140 emergency care assistants, who have first-aid training, to deal with less urgent calls.
It has also increased staff numbers at the emergency operations centres in Nottingham and Lincoln – where 999 calls are picked up. The ambulance service is also spending more than £1.2 million on its vehicles and will have upgraded or replaced 55 by the end of April.
Chief executive Phil Milligan said: "We are working within the funds available to us to ensure we have the right people and resources in place to respond to calls quickly and appropriately."