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Private ambulance spending in London rises 'tenfold'

Spending on private ambulances in London grew by 1,000% between 2011 and 2013, the Labour Party has claimed.

The NHS spent £8.84m on private ambulances in the capital last year compared to £795,000 in 2011, according to a Freedom of Information request.

The London Ambulance Service said it was losing staff due to "pressure on the organisation".

BBC London's Political Correspondent Karl Mercer spoke Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, Jason Killens, director of operations at the London Ambulance Service and Health Minister Jane Ellison.

  • 22 Oct 2014