Please explain the relationship between East of England Ambulance Service and the Independent Private Ambulance Services. Are their acts and/or omissions indemnified by the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust?
The Independent Private Ambulance Service (IPAS) providers are contracted by the Trust to support frontline services. Contracts with the Trust are subject to passing an internal quality accreditation process. Services they provide are independently assessed by the Care Quality Commission and under the terms of the contract with EEAST they are required to have their own insurance cover.
The IPAS provider is required to indemnify the Trust against claims relating to personal injury, damage to property, a breach of the contract or failure to supply services. Different levels and types of insurance limits IPAS providers are required to have under the contract are set out below;
Employer’s Liability Insurance (Compulsory) (£10m) minimum
Public Liability insurance (£5m) minimum
Clinical negligence, medical malpractice insurance (£10m) minimum
Professional Indemnity Insurance (£2m) minimum