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Ambulance Contract Passed to Former Car Park Company
3:14pm 30th April 2013
(Updated 3:14pm 30th April 2013)
Some ambulances in Cornwall are going to be run by a company best known for managing carparks.
The NHS will carry on covering emergencies but NSL takes over other patient transport.
It used to be known as NCP and health bosses insist it will mean a better service.
It will mean people can be picked up for hospital appointments from 7am to 9pm seven days a week, including bank holidays. At the moment cover is only offered from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
The private company already runs passenger transport in the Midlands and has also secured a new contract in Kent.
The new deal will mean it makes around 300,000 journeys across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset every year.
But Simon Moss from Unison revealed he had concerns: "Our biggest concern is that private providers are there to make a profit. If they can provide the same service or a greater service at no extra cost, at some point that money will have to be recouped.
"Our biggest concern is that the only people to suffer will be the patients and the people of the southwest."3:14pm 30th April 2013
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