Shaping a Healthier Future (2)

MQT on 2012-12-19
Session date: 
December 19, 2012
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you concerned that the Shaping Healthier Future proposals to close A&E units in North West London may increase ambulance response times?


Answer for Shaping a Healthier Future (2)

Answer for Shaping a Healthier Future (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As you will be aware, I do not have direct responsibility for NHS services in the capital. However, I have been reassured by the NHS in London that ambulance travel times will not be significantly affected. Using Transport for London's Health Service Travel Analysis Tool, the NHS in London calculated that the current average travel time for patients in North West London to a major hospital by blue light ambulance is 11.4 minutes and that, under the preferred proposal, this average would change to 12.0 minutes, a change of approximately 0.6 minutes (or 36 seconds).

I also understand from the NHS in London that, most importantly when it comes to blue light journeys, paramedics are able to reach patients quickly in order to stabilise and treat them. At the moment, ambulances are based around the community to make sure this happens - and this will not change.