Sadiq Khan uncovers new data revealing worsening crisis in staffing at the London Ambulance Service

Sadiq Khan uncovers new data revealing worsening crisis in staffing at the London Ambulance Service

New data uncovered by Sadiq Khan has revealed the growing problems with staff turnover at the London Ambulance Service.

The data shows a 66 per cent rise in the number of staff leaving over the last three years.

In 2014/15, one in eight members of the London Ambulance Service left their job. 

Over recent years, there have been growing reports that the London Ambulance Service is under severe pressure.

Commenting on this, Sadiq Khan said: "London's ambulance service is under enormous pressure, not helped by surging numbers of staff choosing to leave. It's clear that the difficulty of making ends meet in London is driving many key workers out of the city.

"That's why my plans for more affordable homes are so important. And this isn't an issue just for ambulance drivers - if the sick and dying are left waiting for ambulances, it affects all Londoners. Our housing crisis has impacts far beyond those who struggle to afford a place to live."

Khan has said that housing will be his number one priority if he becomes Mayor. His plans, which would ensure emergency service workers could afford to live in London, include: 

- a 'New Homes Team' in City Hall working with councils to build more social housing 
- A 50% target for affordable housing in private developments 
- introducing a London Living Rent - linking rent to a third of local income 

See the London Evening Standard's coverage here and its editorial on the issue here.

Notes to editors

1. The data came from a parliamentary question answer - see here http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2015-07-06/5646/


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