Winter A&E Pressures

MQT on 2015-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2015
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given your letter to the Secretary of State for Health this time last year outlining your concerns over the recruitment crisis at the London Ambulance Service ahead of the expected winter pressures, are you satisfied that the situation is resolved, or will you be writing once again to call for adequate resourcing for London's emergency services?


Answer for Winter A&E Pressures

Answer for Winter A&E Pressures

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have spoken recently to Dr Fionna Moore, the new chief executive officer of the London Ambulance Service. I understand that commissioners and the LAS have already invested an additional £32 million in LAS this year to increase staffing and improve performance, including over the winter. I am encouraged to hear that LAS has made significant progress on recruitment with 207 additional staff recruited since April and a total of 846 new recruits expected by March 2016. I further understand that it expects to meet the national target for Category A (immediately life-threatening) call by spring next year.

I understand that following the Trust Development Authority's decision to place the LAS into special measures LAS will receive extra support to improve services more quickly and effectively.  I am therefore not currently minded to seek additional resources for the Service at present.

I shall continue to receive regular briefings from Dr Moore and her new improvement director on LAS progress and performance.