West Midlands Ambulance Service faces £3m fine for response times
8 January 2014 Last updated at 21:37 GMT
West Midlands Ambulance Service faces a £3m fine over its poor response times, a trust boss has said.
Chief executive Anthony Marsh told staff the fine was "a real risk" in a weekly written briefing.
He said it would be a travesty if the money was taken away from front-line services and it would be harder to get an increase in funding next year.
This would make it more difficult to train additional paramedics or replace older vehicles, he added.