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London Ambulances

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 15 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many miles were covered each year since 1979 by the London ambulance service in (a) emergency services, (b) non-emergency services, (c) mini-cabs and (d) volunteer drivers;(2) how many emergency-equipped London ambulances were available at 6 pm on 18 November; and what was the equivalent for each year since 1983.

Non Emergency

Emergency

1

Ambulances

Hired cars

Ambulance car service

Total

19853,695,3938,011,72382,4981,457,3809,551,601
19863,702,6886,406,224240,1701,763,8438,410,237
198723,767,0806,155,357222,6791,860,9598,238,995

1 Includes vehicles on loan to day hospitals.

2 Data for 1987 projected.

Table 2: Number of emergency equipped ambulances available on 18 November 1983 and equivalent dates since

Rostered

Actually available

Wednesday 23 November 1983134134
Wednesday 21 November 1984134134
Wednesday 20 November 1985134133
Wednesday 19 November 1986

1154

152
Wednesday 18 November 1987154

2125

1 Front-line ambulances on late turn increased by 20, as a part of the ambulance staff review, in March 1986.

Average daily number of available beds, National Health Service hospitals, London 1979 to 1986

Health authorities

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

North West Thames

Barnet2,8412,8002,7712,7482,6702,5512,4452,324
Harrow908902914938935878905886
Hillingdon1,6281,4801,5281,5261,4991,4061,3781,329
Hounslow and Spelthorne

1

1

1

1,5481,4971,4471,3821,356
Ealing1,7091,7131,7531,7251,6631,6221,5431,509
Brent2,3162,3322,2632,2732,2032,0591,9391,883
Paddington and North Kensington1,3651,2761,2361,2161,2111,1871,2111,208
Riverside2

1

1

1

3,9463,8453,7083,4653,091

North East Thames

Barking, Havering and Brentwood3,2833,2383,1833,0953,0332,9842,8782,765
Hampstead

1

1

1

1,9631,9191,8941,8751,818
Bloomsbury

1

1

1

2,4872,4902,3442,1161,971
Islington

1

1

1

1,1771,1051,018917866
City and Hackney1,9901,8671,7431,8871,8841,8531,7541,686
Newham941924936887845877880876
Tower Hamlets1,5611,4841,6051,4331,3961,3631,3551,290
Enfield1,2341,2171,1371,0871,1141,0761,0691,055
Haringey1,2361,1221,1431,1571,1091,0289861,072
Redbridge1,6551,6551,6501,6331,6441,6301,6171,553
Waltham Forest3,3113,3183,2453,0512,8422,6672,5082,407

South East Thames

Bexley1,6531,6671,6351,5851,5431,4681,4351,386
Greenwich1,7771,6661,6231,5981,6111,5861,5171,334
Bromley2,5912,4912,4662,3772,2962,1161,9891,887
West Lambeth

1

1

1

2,1002,1192,0661,9931,887
Camberwell1,4321,3661,3321,2891,2791,2321,2641,232
Lewisham and North Southwark2,3362,2572,2082,1852,1942,0582,0481,910

South West Thames

Croydon3,1923,0893,0062,9292,8602,7282,6372,397
Kingston and Esher

1

1

1

1,5641,5171,4571,4161,378
Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton

1

1

1

979970916868860
Wandsworth2,8712,6892,5432,4762,4942,5342,3382,234
Merton and Sutton2,6872,6102,5102,4952,4772,3902,3322,235

Special Health Authorities

The Hospital for Sick Children517506544494474418410402
National Hospitals for Nervous Diseases357355345356351341349338
Moorfields Eye Hospital208204204208210181163152
Bethlehem Royal and Maudsley Hospitals472492497501498506504511
National Heart and Chest Hospitals603570577556552540449423
The Royal Marsden Hospital361361350340343333344354

2 The difference between rostered ambulances and available ambulances was due to a ban on voluntary overtime. This action took place between 4 November 1987 and 2 December 1987.