Concerns over London Air Ambulance funding


Concerns remain over London Air Ambulance's funding and the availability of first aid equipment on the Tube despite the government saying progress has been made since the terrorism of 7/7.

After playing a key role after the 2005 attacks, helping treat more than 700 patients, the coroner of the inquest expressed concern that the air ambulance relies on charitable donations.

Dr Julian Thompson, Executive Director of London Air Ambulance, told BBC London a review on funding and capacity was "urgently needed".

Richard Barnes, former Deputy Mayor of London said the air ambulance was an "asset" to the Ambulance Service but "not necessarily a first responder of the highest order".

Meanwhile, earlier this week the government published a report on what progress had been made, saying it was "satisfied".

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