London Ambulance Service

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Reference: 
2014/3917
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Has the Mayor read, and is he shocked and concerned like I am, at the press release issued by LAS Chief Executive last Month? How does he feel that LAS is now not sending Ambulances' to cases which require medical attention but are not life threatening?

Answer

Answer for London Ambulance Service

Answer for London Ambulance Service

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am aware of the challenges the London Ambulance Service is facing as demand for the service continues to rise year on year. I support their efforts to find more effective ways of meeting this growing need, including, where appropriate, offering advice over the phone from paramedics through the 'hear and treat' service, and referring to alternative services including NHS111, local GPs, urgent care centres and pharmacists.

I have written to the Secretary of State about the London Ambulance Service's current challenges and will continue to monitor this.