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Five 999 trusts splash out on top motors.

FIVE ambulance trusts have racked up nearly PS2million in public money on luxury cars for staff in the past year.

leased 65 cars at PS217,000 a year.

Freedom of Information Act show other trusts splashed out too. South Central ambulance trust spent PS484,675 and one car was an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "While the NHS is making savings it beggars belief."

The Sunday People revealed last week that East of England ambulance service leased 81 private cars at PS454,636.

Four out of nine NHS ambulance trusts in England we contacted said details were not available. Trust bosses say staff with lease vehicles do pay company car tax.

South East Coast ambulance service had a PS327,000 annual bill for 98 private cars. East Midlands ambulance service's 82-strong fleet cost PS267,954 a year, while North East ambulance service They included Land Rover Discoveries and a Toyota Land Cruiser.

Today figures obtained using the FIVE ambulance trusts have racked up nearly PS2million in public money on luxury cars for staff in the past year.

The Sunday People revealed last week that East of England ambulance service leased 81 private cars at PS454,636.

They included Land Rover Discoveries and a Toyota Land Cruiser.

Today figures obtained using the Freedom of Information Act show other trusts splashed out too. South Central ambulance trust spent PS484,675 and one car was an Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

South East Coast ambulance service had a PS327,000 annual bill for 98 private cars. East Midlands ambulance service's 82-strong fleet cost PS267,954 a year, while North East ambulance service leased 65 cars at PS217,000 a year. Jonathan Isaby of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: "While the NHS is making savings it beggars belief."

Four out of nine NHS ambulance trusts in England we contacted said details were not available. Trust bosses say staff with lease vehicles do pay company car tax.

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Date:May 8, 2016
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