Fiat Professional is leading the way towards saving the UK Government millions of pounds through the introduction of pre-designed ambulance versions of the Fiat Ducato.
The development of the Ducato Ambulance follows a recent Government report that recommends NHS Health Trusts change their emergency vehicles more frequently.
The Lord Carter NHS report says that trusts should look to upgrade their ambulances every seven years and advises the authorities to consider the Panel Van design of ambulance over the traditional Modular Box style. The report also recommends that trusts equip newer ambulances to treat more patients at the scene rather than taking every patient to hospital.
Running the lighter Panel Van Ambulance could save the NHS up to £56 million on conversion costs over a five-year period and up to £5 million a year in fuel, according to Lord Carter’s review into unwarranted variation in the delivery of ambulance services.
Additionally, the total cost of ownership of a Panel Van Ambulance is 15 per cent cheaper over a comparable five- or seven-year period than a Modular Box Ambulance.
Fiat Professional, the leading supplier of Panel Van Ambulances in the UK’s 999 fleet market, welcomes this report. The majority of Fiat Professional ambulances are van-based, and cost Health Trusts less money to convert than the larger, Modular Box Ambulances. Hundreds of ambulances operating in the UK are Fiat Ducato-based.