What is it like to work for a private ambulance service?

Shortages of paramedics and rising demand means that the NHS is spending almost £80m a year hiring private ambulances to answer 999 calls, figures show.

England’s 10 NHS ambulance trusts to spend £78.4m in 2016-17 on help from non-NHS providers to supplement their own services, down from £79.7m in 2015-16 up from £64.2m in 2014-15.

The trust that spent the most on private services last year was South Central ambulance – £16.3m, up from its £13.6m the year before and £12.3m in 2014-15.

The news prompted fears that ambulances supplied by profit-driven firms may provide a lower standard of care when compared to NHS crews.

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We want to hear from those who work for private ambulances as well as people who have been treated by them. Is the standard of care different? Do you have any worries? What is it like to work for a private ambulance service? What qualifications do you need? What equipment do you have?

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