HC Deb 24 March 1998 vol 309 c135W
Mr. Todd

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review whether ambulance services should be permitted to prioritise calls within the 999 service; and if he will make a statement. [34117]

Mr. Boateng

The widely supported prioritisation of 999 calls is intended to improve response times to life-threatening calls, while maintaining the present standard for other less immediately urgent cases. A research evaluation is under way to test whether this initiative is successful in improving outcomes for patients. We have no present plans for a review.

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