It's been announced today that Essex PCC Roger Hirst will take on responsibility of the local fire and rescue service.
Ambo Service Needs 300 More Paramedics To Hit Response Times
The boss of the East of England Ambulance Service has exclusively told Heart he thinks it will fail to hit its response time targets unless it hires hundreds more paramedics
The service says it has seen a huge rise in the number of seriously ill people calling for an ambulance.
From January 2014 to last month, the numbers of patients dialling 999 with life threatening or potentially life threatening problems went up by more than a third (36.6%).
Chief Executive Robert Morton says that pressure is having an effect.
He said: "Every ambulance service is experiencing a huge growth in demand, and particularly for the sicker patients, which means that ultimately we have a capacity gap of around 300 people".
These figures above involve 'Red 1' (life threatening) and 'Red 2' (potentially life threatening) calls, which have to be reached by a paramedic in under 8 minutes, 75% of the time.
The ambulance service has come under fire in the past for not hitting those Government targets.
But, new boss Robert Morton says the rising demand will make it unlikely they can meet the requirements this time around.
He added: "We just don't have the money to go out and recruit another 300 people.
"We will be having discussions with our Clinical Commissioning Groups about how we address that capacity gap which is the only we will achieve the national targets".
Despite this, Mr Morton says a number of new procedures in place have improved their response rates in a year by 6%.
A chief Essex medic has told Heart all local councils and CCGs are now coming together to tackle mental health.
Doctors and health care leaders today announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.
Residents are being urged to give their views on the Chelmsford City Growth Package.
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