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Health service failures in London highlighted in report

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The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has published more than 200 summaries of investigations it carried out between July and September 2014 - 16 of which are in Greater London, the second highest region in England.

The Ombudsman Service investigates complaints about the NHS in England and UK government departments and their agencies.

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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.

London North West A&E waiting times 'worst in England'

Northwick Park hospital in Harrow Credit: PA

London North West NHS Trust had the country's worst waiting times for two weeks running in October. More than 3,500 patients had to wait for more than four hours to be seen.

According to an analysis of NHS data by London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson, Dr Onkar Sahota AM, the system is 'breaking under the strain' since the closures of Hammersmith and Central Middlesex A&Es two months ago.

Army to provide ambulance drivers during strike on Monday

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed it will provide military drivers to support London's ambulance service during a strike by NHS staff. The Unison union says its members will walk out for four hours on Monday and ambulance staff will be asked to refuse overtime work from Tuesday to Friday.

We can confirm that the Ministry of Defence is providing support to the Department of Health during the 13 October industrial action by some trade unions. This assistance involves the provision of military drivers to support the London and the North West Ambulance Services.

– MoD spokesperson

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Protests in London today against healthcare deal that could threaten the NHS

Protests are planned across London today to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the EU and USA. There is concern that the deal David Cameron is pushing for will bring increased privatisation to the NHS.

36% of Londoners said that private healthcare providers have too much influence over the NHS according to a YouGov poll. Campaigners will be asking people who are worried about this to write to their local MEPs against the TTIP. The deal is said to force the NHS open to competition from American private healthcare providers.

London to house world's biggest heart specialist centre

London is to be home to the world's biggest "centre of excellence" for people born with heart problems after health officials gave the go-ahead for a new specialist hub. The new specialist cardiac centre will be located at St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London.

General view of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in central London. Credit: PA

Anne Rainsberry, regional director of NHS England London, said: "This programme is a brand new way of delivering care and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve services for today's patients and future generations.

"These 'centres of excellence' should also position London as a leader in research into cardiovascular disease and cancer, attracting some of the brightest and best clinicians and academics to work and study in the UK."

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