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Ambulances not an A&E taxi service, NHS warned


An ageing fleet, high sickness rates and slow uptake of technology hampers the ability of the NHS to answer 999 calls quickly, a review says.

The report produced for the regulator NHS Improvement found significant inefficiencies in England.

If the problems are not addressed, it will be more difficult for ambulances to hit their targets, it said.

In July eight out of 10 services missed their seven-minute target for answering the most life-threatening emergencies.

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