The future of ambulance commissioning

Collaborative commissioning modelsHealth Minister Simon Burns has said:‘Ambulance services will be commissioned through GP consortia at local level. What I think will develop is that, just as ambulance services are currently commissioned for geographical areas in England through one PCT, the consortia will appoint lead consortia to commission services for that area.’(Burns, 2011)This echoes recent recommendations from the ASN (2010), which has said that there is a need for a single point of access so that patients are consistently assessed and prioritised and receive appropriate service response. They also suggest that real-time information and data about emergency and urgent care services and patients’ health records should be shared seamlessly between different parts of the health and social care system.

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