Rises in NHS spending on private ambulances has risen to over £78 million, creating a "stain on the government's record", says former Health Minister Norman Lamb. Not only is this costly, but it has raised serious concerns regarding patient safety.
Former Liberal Democrat Health Minister, Norman Lamb, has branded a shocking rise in NHS spending on private ambulances as a "stain on the government's record."
NHS spending on private ambulances has risen by more than a fifth in two years to reach over £78 million, figures collected by the Press Association have revealed.
Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb commented:
"This staggering rise in the use of private ambulances is a stain on this government's record.
"Ambulance services are simply not being provided with the resources or staff needed to cope with soaring demand.
"Growing reliance on private sector services is not only costly, inspections have also raised serious concerns over patient safety.
"The government must act now to reverse this trend, especially with another NHS winter crisis around the corner."