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The ambulance service is a national service set up to assist people in life threatening and serious medical emergencies.
Over the last ten years, the number of emergency calls (999 calls) has more than doubled. In 1994/5, 2.61 million emergency calls were received, compared with 5.62 million in 2004/5.
Due to the significant increase in the number of emergency calls received over the past decade, the ambulance service has had to make big improvements in the response times to 999 calls. There have also been improvements in training, quality of care, vehicle standards, equipment and technology.
On 1 July 2006, significant changes were made to the way the ambulance service is organised. The number of ambulance trusts covering England was reduced from 31 to 12 and a more integrated approach to community healthcare was adopted.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland still continue to have their own separate ambulance services.
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Last updated on 01 October 2006 10:28:21