SPEEDY ambulance crews have been rewarded by the Government.
Health Minister Rosie Winterton announced a £100,000 investment in West Yorkshire ambulance service WYMAS yesterday after figures showed crews reached three in every four patients with serious and life-threatening conditions within eight minutes.
The extra cash will help further develop the ambulance services of the fast performers.
It is the second stage of an incentive scheme whereby English NHS trusts delivering faster care for patients are able to access up to £500,000 before March, 2005.
Mrs Winterton said: "I'm delighted to reward this hard work and improved performance."
She added: "This is just one example of how the NHS is getting better here."
Over the past year WYMAS has recruited more front line staff and increased its network of rapid responders - paramedics dispatched to emergencies in vehicles strategically placed at stand-by points in highly- populated areas.
Director of patient services Bob Williams said: "We see this as recognition for achievements over the last 12 months and for the new partnership working, between staff, unions and managers, in modernising and improving the service.
"We're delighted that our patients across West Yorkshire are now seeing those improvements."