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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Ambulance Services, England - 2006-07

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts
Date Range:
01 Apr 1996 to 31 Mar 2007


This bulletin contains information about the ambulance services provided by the National Health Service in England. The information is collected from individual ambulance trusts and shows volume of activity and performance levels against required standards (eg responses within 8 or 19 minutes). This includes information on emergency calls, response times and patient journeys.

This information is collected on return of a KA34; a copy of which is included at the end of the bulletin.


  • The total number of emergency calls rose by 6.3 per cent to 6.3 million from 2005-06. This has been increasing steadily over the last decade (an 89.6 per cent increase since 1996-97).
  • Incidents attended rose by 6.3 per cent to 5.1 million since 2005-06 although the percentage of incidents attended resulting in an emergency patient journey fell to 70 per cent from around 73 per cent in 2005-06.
  • The number of emergency patient journeys increased by 2.5 per cent to 3.6 million, compared to 2005-06 (a 38.2 per cent increase since 1996-97).
  • The percentage of category A calls that resulted in an emergency response arriving at the scene of the incident within 8 minutes in 2006-07 is 74.6 per cent. This is similar to last year which was estimated to be around 74 per cent.
  • The number of category A incidents increased 9.4 per cent* to 1.8 million and of these 97 per cent had a vehicle capable of transporting the patient arrive at the scene within 19 minutes of a request for transport being made.
  • The number of category B incidents (serious but not immediately life threatening) increased 2.4 per cent* from 2005-06 to 2.4 million and of these 2.2 million (90.5 per cent) were responded to with a vehicle capable of transporting the patient within 19 minutes.

(* On a like for like basis, as there have been some small definitional changes in 2006-07.)


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