Police Cars as Ambulances

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to the Commissioner of the Metropolis' comments at the June Plenary Meeting in response to my question on police cars being used to transport patients to hospital, will the Mayor detail the number of occasions that this has happened in each year since 2010?


Answer for Police Cars as Ambulances

Answer for Police Cars as Ambulances

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The use of police vehicles to transport patients to hospital is an important issue, which is governed by a memorandum of understanding between the MPS and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) that stipulates that patients will only be transported by police to hospital when absolutely necessary and in the following circumstances:

"In exceptional circumstances it may be expedient to convey seriously ill or injured persons to hospital using an MPS vehicle. This will normally only arise if an ambulance was not available or is severely delayed and the driver believes that there is a very real likelihood of death or a serious deterioration in a person's health occurring if they are not conveyed to hospital immediately."

The transportation of patients in police vehicles is monitored on a monthly basis through the joint MPS/LAS/London Fire Brigade (LFB) working group.  In addition, a daily escalation process is in place with an MPS/LAS/LFB conference call twice each day where issues are discussed and resolved.

Data on the use of police vehicles to transport patients to hospital has only been collected since April 2013 as a result of the joint MPS/LAS/London Fire Brigade working group set to review matters of this nature.

The data indicates that the number of patients transported to hospital in police vehicles is falling year on year as shown in the table below.

Financial year


April 2013 to March 2014


April 2014 to March 2015


Most recent rolling 12 months


August 2014 to July 2015