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Ambulance Men

Volume 984: debated on Thursday 15 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many ambulance men he estimates are needed in London; how many are actually employed at the latest convenient date; and how this compares with the figures for the previous five years;(2) how many ambulance men in London he estimates will be needed in the summer of the current year; and how many are in fact expected to be employed at that time;(3) what steps he is taking to increase the number of ambulance men in London.

The South-West Thames regional health authority is responsible for the management of the London ambulance service and the hon. Member may like to contact that authority direct.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what percentage of calls should be answered within seven minutes by ambulance men in London; how many are in fact answered; and how many lives he estimates are thus put at risk.

In 1974 the Department recommended that in Metropolitan areas ambulance response time for emergency calls should be seven minutes in 50 per cent. of cases. The South-West Thames regional health authority is responsible for managing the London ambulance service and the hon. Member may like to seek further information direct from that authority.