THE amount of cash spent on private ambulances going to help patients has rocketed four-fold.

Statistics uncovered by the Labour Party in a Freedom of Information request found that the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), which covers Hartlepool and East Durham, spent £2.8m on private ambulances in 2013/14.

The figures was just under £639,000 in 2011/12.

Reported by the Hartlepool Mail. You can read the full story here.

I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.