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Ambulances wait more than 500 hours waiting outside hospitals in a week

London Ambulances spent more than 500 hours waiting outside hospitals last week. Official figures show more than 1,000 ambulances had to wait more than 30 minutes before patients were taken inside to be treated.

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Barbara Hakin, the national director of commissioning operations for NHS England urged patients to help ease the pressure on hospitals by going to their GPs, pharmacists and using the non-emergency 111 helpline, if their condition is not genuinely urgent.

Don't go to A&E, don't call an ambulance, unless that's what you really need.

We've seen record numbers of patients waiting longer for treatment in emergency departments. We've seen emergency admissions at the highest they've been since records began. But to me, the most important thing is really that the entire system is being run at a crisis basis simply in order to keep up with our existing work. That means, of course, that our resilience to a further crisis - a winter crisis, or anything else laid on top of it - is reduced because everybody is at the present time working the system flat-out to serve patients.

– Barbara Hakin, NHS England


House price growth slows in London

House prices in five UK cities have been rising faster than in the capital.

Findings by Hometrack found house price growth in London slowed by two-thirds in the last quarter to 0.5%. That is compared to 1.4% three months ago.

Meanwhile property in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham rose at a faster pace in the three months to November.

Edinburgh (1.8%) and Glasgow (0.9%) registered the fastest house price inflation in the last quarter, as demand fed back into the market post-referendum.

The greatest reversal was seen in Aberdeen (-0.4%) and Cambridge (-0.2%), but Oxford (0.3%), Cardiff (0.2%) and Bournemouth (0.1%) also showed pronounced slowdowns.

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