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Supporting the London Ambulance Service

Date published: 
19 December 2018

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.

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