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BBC Video: National Air Ambulance Service Raises Concerns


This new video from the BBC, and its accompanying article, discuss the competition of the sixteen independent air ambulance services across England.

In particular, it looks at the competition of a national air medical service for the transport of child patients between hospitals.

Some air ambulance services in England have said that the re-branding of an existing charity as “The Air Ambulance Service” (the new name) have created confusion.

The Air Ambulance Service is an independent air ambulance charity that, like all air ambulance charities in England, is entirely funded by corporate and public donations. In addition to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, it also manages The Children’s Air Ambulance charity.

According to the BBC article/video, other air medical services have expressed concerns about how realistic The Air Ambulance Service’s plans are, as well as the potential impact on other HEMS/air medical services through competition.

What do you think?

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  1. Barrett's AnatomyBarrett's Anatomy

    2 / 10 / 2013 3:25 pm

    If any service gets too large, naturally the level of service decreases. As a result, it’s no surprise that the competing air ambulances in the UK are concerned about the service’s growth. Nevertheless, as competing medical services, one has to reasonably question if there is a motive behind the concerns they’ve voiced to the press.


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