Chancellor pledges to fund new air ambulance for London

George Osborne mad the announcement during his Budget speech to the Commons.

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Second air ambulance to reach 'further 400 patients'

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.

– Graham Hodgkin, London Air Ambulance Service

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