In England, urgent and emergency healthcare and patient transport services are provided by 11 regionally-based ambulance services, with separate arrangements for the Isle of Wight. In 2009-10, the cost of ambulance services was £1.9 billion, of which around £1.5 billion was for urgent and emergency services.

In 2009-10, 7.9 million emergency ‘999’ calls were received by the ambulance service, which resulted in 6.4 million ambulance incidents and 4.7 million emergency or urgent patient journeys. The number of emergency or urgent calls that the ambulance service receives has increased by about 4 per cent each year since 2007-08.

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London's Ambulance Service is wasting money by sending too many vehicles to some jobs, a new report suggests.

A mother-of-two was killed instantly when a paramedic, responding to a low priority call, ploughed into her small car, a court heard.

Wendy Williams, 60, died when her Ford KA car was hit by a Vauxhall estate emergency vehicle being driven by paramedic Kevin Webster on December 23, 2009.

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An ambulance service’s list of failings is continuing to grow after new figures showed it to have some of the worst results in the country. The statistics, for April, are the first to be published since changes were introduced on how the Government monitors ambulance services.

A fleet of new ambulances is being kept off the road because of safety concerns, a BBC Wales investigation has revealed.

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed that half the 42 vehicles due to be operational weeks ago are unsatisfactory and not yet in service.

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