Commenting on Ann Radmore’s resignation as Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service London Assembly Labour Group Health Spokesperson Dr Onkar Sahota said:
“I want to thank Ann Radmore for all her service to the London Ambulance Service and wish her well on her future endeavours. It is clear the Government’s failure to properly resource the Ambulance Service handed Ann Radmore an impossible task running an overstretched, underfunded Ambulance Service in the midst of an A&E winter crisis.
“Despite the capitals rapid population growth and increasing demand for ambulances, the Government have pushed through deep cuts to the service’s budget. In that sense it is no surprise that the ambulance service has struggled to meet its targets.
“Ambulance performance is the NHS’s thermometer, and with a shortfall of 400 paramedics, alongside a rapidly growing bill for private ambulances to provide cover, it is no surprise that London’s emergency care services are in the midst of crisis.
“It’s not just the ambulance service but London’s entire Health infrastructure which is creaking under the pressure of the Government’s cuts and reorganisation. It’s time for the Government’s to recognise the vacuum left by its disastrous reorganisation of the NHS, and ensure that the London Ambulance Service and A&E departments can weather this winter’s storm.”