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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

London Ambulance staff on strike

Around three quarters of staff at the London Ambulance Service are expected to go on strike today between 7am and 11am.

The action is part of an an ongoing row over pay. Four weeks ago 77% of staff joined the picket line in protest at not receiving a recommended 1% pay rise.

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LAS says contingency plans are in place to provide a service for London during strike action. The plans include support from the police and military personnel. Ambulances will only be sent to cases that most seriously need paramedic assistance.

If a major incident in London happens during strike action, staff have agreed to return to work.

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Attacks on London ambulance workers rising

Up to four ambulance workers are attacked each day in London, with physical assaults on paramedics and responders up 23% last year, according to Freedom of Information figures revealed in a new report.

'Paramedics in Peril' was authored by Roger Evans, a Conservative for the Greater London Authority.

Campaigners are calling for cameras to be worn by paramedics Credit: PA

The report calls for 100 trial cameras to be worn by London Ambulance crews and 100 on-vehicle devices. it comes after over 4,000 violent incidents were recorded between 2010 and 2013.

The trial would cost around £106,000,but campaigners argue that is less than the annual sick bill caused by injury.

Body cameras are currently being trialed by police forces across the UK, with Staffordshire Police have issued 550 of the devices to all operational officers including armed response teams as part of a programme to boost transparent policing.

Sharp increase in life-threatening calls over winter

  • We expect the number of life-threatening calls over the winter period to go up from around 1,200 a day to 1,800 - these patients will be our priority
  • Where clinically safe we will not be sending an ambulance to our lowest priority patients
  • We will however continue to respond to all calls to patients under two years old and over 70
  • This is something we already do at times of peak demand, for example, New Year's Eve when we need to prioritise our service for patients with life-threatening conditions

Winter demand means no ambulances for patients with minor conditions

Patients who dial 999 with minor conditions during the winter months will not be sent an ambulance. The London Ambulance Service says lowest priority patients will be referred to other health providers, such as 111, their GP or local pharmacist.

Minor conditions include cut fingers, colds and toothache Credit: Press Association

Camden cyclist's injuries not life-threatening

London Ambulance Service said:

"We were called today just after 4pm to reports of a roadtraffic collision involving a lorry and cyclist at Camden High Street.

"We sent a number of staff including a single responder in a car, a duty officer, two ambulance crews and London Air Ambulance's medical team in a car to the scene.

Our staff treated one patient, an adult man for a minor head injury. He has been taken to St Mary’s Hospital by ambulance.”

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Serious road collision in Islington

A serious road collision involving several vehicles in City Road, Isington yesterday has left a number of people injured.

Police officers, London Ambulance, London's Air Ambulance and the Fire Brigade attended the scene, where a white Vauxhall Insignia hadcollided with a number of parked cars.

The driver of the Vauxhall, aged in his late 40s, and another man, believed to be aged around 40, who was in one of the parked cars, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They remain at an east London hospital in stable conditions.

Road closures were put in place as a result of the incident and some still remain in place.

At this stage, officers believe the same vehicle was involved in minor collisions in Caledonian Road and Upper Street shortly before the collision in City Road.

Ambulance staff to increase by 240

240 frontline staff are to be employed by The London Ambulance Service thanks to additional funding.

The service will receive an extra £7.1 million this year to help improve levels of care to patients.

This investment will help us ensure more staff are available to respond to 999 calls at a time when demand on our Service continues to rise.

Whilst we have been providing a good service to patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries, increased demand has meant not everyone is getting the level of care they should from us, and many are waiting too long for our help. We know this needs to change, and that is backed up by what our patients and staff are telling us.

– Chief Executive Ann Radmore, London Ambulance service
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