LAS Private Ambulance Spending

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1670
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Does the Mayor share my shock that spending on private ambulances to supplement demand by the London Ambulance Service has leapt from £400,000 to £4.2 million since 2010/11, and will he make representations to the Secretary of State in order to ensure LAS is not reliant in delivering its vital service to Londoners through private, for-profit contractors?

Answer

Answer for LAS Private Ambulance Spending

Answer for LAS Private Ambulance Spending

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is for the London Ambulance Service to decide how best to allocate its resources to deliver a high quality service that meets the needs of Londoners. However, as part of the LAS Time for Change programme, in April 2013 the LAS announced that it will be reducing its use of private ambulance services.

My principal concern is that the people of London receive access to the best health services possible. Victoria Borwick, my Deputy Mayor, meets LAS chief executive, Ann Radmore, on a regular basis, and I will be meeting her myself in June.