Health Secretary Andrew Lansley
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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley explains emergency target aims

A target requiring ambulances in England to attend non life-threatening 999 calls within 19 minutes is being scrapped by the government.

In its place, a measure of the "time to treatment" will be introduced.

But the eight-minute response target for life-threatening emergencies will stay.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley spoke to the BBC to explain the reasoning behind the changes.

  • 17 Dec 2010