Fylde MP welcomes funding for 69 new paramedic vehicles

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed Government funding for 69 new paramedic emergency service vehicles in the North West.

The North West Ambulance Service will purchase the additional vehicles with its share of £36.3 million of Department for Health and Social Care funding - which will pay for 256 vehicles across the country.

More than half of those vehicles should be on the roads by this winter.

Mr Menzies said: "Last winter was incredibly challenging for the NHS. This funding will help give its dedicated staff more and better equipment than ever before.

"I understand the North West Ambulance Service will add 69 new paramedic emergency service vehicles which will operate across its patch.

"It's the NHS' 70th anniversary and the Prime Minister has already pledged an additional £394 million per week for the organisation - this further funding is proof positive of our commitment to the NHS."

Some of the £36.3 million will be spent on creating ambulance hubs.

Health minister Stephen Barclay said: "In some of the most worrying and vulnerable moments in our lives, dedicated ambulance staff are there; providing expert, calm and reassuring care to patients in often highly pressurised and sometimes dangerous situations.

"They are there for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so we want to make sure that in the 70th year of the NHS we're supporting them with state-of-the-art equipment, meaning they can provide a better service to patients."

NHS England's medical director for acute care, Prof Keith Willett, said the funding was welcome and would help ensure ambulance trusts can invest in new fleets ahead of the winter months.