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Campaign to speed up ambulance response time

the aim is to ensure an ambulance is dispatched within 90 seconds of receiving an emergency call

The health ministry in collaboration with the road safety NGO Reaction, are launching a campaign ‘Ninety Seconds for a Life’, which aims to have an ambulance on the road within 90 seconds of receiving an emergency call.

The goal is to reduce ambulance response times and will involve everyone connected with the service, crews, nurses, drivers and call-centre staff, a statement said.

The campaign will run from October 1 this year until June 1, 2017.

“The aim of the campaign is to have the ambulance depart from the most direct route possible within 90 seconds of receiving the call,” the statement said.

The final data evaluation at the end of the campaign will be made by a private university.

Staff who have performed well will receive rewards including a holiday in Greece for the top performers in each district according to the number of calls they field and how fast the ambulance can be dispatched.

Reaction said more details would be released at a later stage.

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