Supporting the London Ambulance Service
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is the busiest ambulance service in the country. In 2017/18, it handled over 1.9 million emergency calls from across London and attended more than 1.2 million incidents.
But a key question is, can the LAS cope with the growing volume of demand? The ambulance service is both a barometer and a back-stop for wider pressures across the health and care system.
The London Assembly Health Committee has released a report called ‘Supporting London’s ambulance service’ which makes recommendations on how best to support the London Ambulance Service.
Some of the recommendations include:
- Develop an access to work programme to help unemployed Londoners get a job within the service.
- Share best practice to encourage workforce diversity and engage more with London’s diverse communities.
- Identify community safety needs and the resource needed to maintain a safe and secure environment.
- Identify gaps in existing provision for falls, mental health, maternity care and end of life care by developing a city-wide response.
The full report can be read below.