– Graham Hodgkin, London Air Ambulance Service
This is fantastic news for the people of London, £1 million will give us the opportunity to acquire a second helicopter to give London 100% air cover during summer daylight hours and maintenance periods.
We estimate we'll now be able to reach a further 400 patients each year by helicopter.
The money will cover the cost of running a second aircraft and extended flying hours for one year so we'll also be stepping up our efforts to raise the #6 million a year needed to keep the helicopter trauma service running in the capital.
- The Chancellor announced plans for a new London air ambulance because of what he called "huge and heartfelt" public demand
- London Air Ambulance Service has been awarded £1 million to operate a second helicopter covering the capital
- A new aircraft will mean that an additional 400 patients in need to critical care will be reached