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  • John Biggs AM finds the number of ambulances hitting their response timetargets in Tower Hamlets have significantly dropped over the last 6 months
  • Ambulances in Tower Hamlets missed target of getting to life-threatening emergencies in under 8 minutes 36% of the time in August
  • Despite the fall, spending on Private Ambulances has risen by over 1000% to almost £9m

Analysis of London Ambulance Service response times by Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs has shown that the number of ambulances call outs in the capital meeting the 8 minute emergency response time target has dropped by 19% to only 62%. In Tower Hamlets, 36% of emergency responses missed the 8 minute target.

John Biggs said that the response times show the severe strain being placed on the London Ambulance Service as a result of a rise in calls at the same time as Government cuts of £53m from the London Ambulance Service budget.

In addition to the reductions in response times figures released this week showed that the London Ambulance Service spent £9m on outsourcing to private ambulances last year, this figure was up from only £795,635 in 2011/12, a rise of 1011%.

John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London said:

“Spending almost £9m a year on private ambulances shows just how far the Government is willing to privatise the London NHS. The amount given to private companies to run ambulance services has rocketed by 1011% in the last two years yet the latest figures show ambulance response times have gone down by nearly two minutes in the last six months.

“Ambulances in Tower Hamlets are now only hitting the 8 minute response time 36% of the time. That means patients with potentially life threatening conditions being left waiting far longer than they should be - the results could be devastating.

“With the NHS in London facing massive financial challenges people will question why we are paying profit making companies to deliver blue light services.”

Number of ambulances hitting response time targets in Tower Hamlets falls 20% in six months

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Local London Assembly Member John Biggs has raised serious concerns about London Mayor Boris Johnson’s affordable housing scheme after the Mayor accepted that he may not hit his target to build 55,000 new affordable homes by March 2015.

Under questioning from Labour Assembly Member Tom Copley AM, at Mayor’s Question Time last week the Mayor refused confirm that the target date remained March 2015 even though his Deputy Mayor for Housing stated categorically less than a year ago that the target still stood. As of September this year the Mayor had only delivered 38,412 affordable homes leaving more than 16,000 to be built in order to meet March’s target.

After numerous attempts to dodge the question the Mayor accepted that he may not hit the target but refused to take action to prevent the failure stating: “If it slips by a few hundred in March or whatever deadline you arbitrarily choose to set then we’ll look at it then.”

When asked simply when the 55,000 would be completed the Mayor simply said “well I don’t know, whenever we’ve done them.”

Responding to the Mayor’s admission that he may miss his affordable house building target John Biggs AM, Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London, said:

“This is yet another pledge which Boris is going to fail to keep to Londoners. First, he changed the meaning of the word “affordable” to make life easier for him but now he can’t even meet that target. The Mayor’s attitude towards affordable is utterly outrageous given the scale of the housing crisis facing East London and the rest of the capital. Hundreds of thousands of people in East London are being priced out of buying by the eye-watering house prices in the capital. The fact Boris Johnson is on course to miss even this relatively modest target shows he just doesn’t seem to care about the impact that has on Londoners.

"It is now clear that Boris is set to miss his affordable housing pledge by March 2015. Yet instead of owning up to his failure, the Mayor is trying to pretend that the deadline was always December 2015. We urgently need to see action to put the scheme back on track to deliver the affordable housing East London and the rest of London so desperately needs.”

Boris Johnson admits he is set to miss affordable housing target‏

Local London Assembly Member John Biggs has raised serious concerns about London Mayor Boris Johnson’s affordable housing scheme after the Mayor accepted that he may not hit his target to...

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs today raised serious concerns about the progress of Mayor Boris Johnson’s ‘Better Junctions’ programme after requests for an update on the project’s progress were refused.

The Better Junctions programme was established to assess 500 of the worst junctions in the capital but was later ‘refocused’ by the Mayor to only tackle 33 of the worst performing junctions and gyratories across London, including Bow Roundabout, a key danger hotspot in Tower Hamlets.Currently, discussions in East London are dominated by discussions on the Cycle Superhighway proposals, which will tackle some challenging junctions. But the fact remains that others not on the Superhighways remain risky for cyclists. Just this week another cyclist was killed at a junction at Ludgate Circus, on the very Western edge of the City of London, in spite of serious reconstruction having already taken place there recently. And the Bow Roundabout, in spite of works already carried out, remains widely recognised as a risky junction for both cyclists and pedestrians.  Last month Val Shawcross asked the Mayor when he expected the work on each of the 33 dangerous junctions to be completed. Mayor’s recent evasive response that “this information will be released within the coming months” has prompted fears that the programme could be scaled back further.

 

Labour London Assembly Member for City & East London, John Biggs AM, said:

 “London’s cyclists and road users will be deeply concerned that more than two years on from the Mayor promising to review these danger hot points very little seems to have been done.

“Despite originally promising to review the five hundred most dangerous junctions the Mayor has scaled this back to only thirty-three, and now he can’t, or wont, even say what, if any, progress has been made on those including the infamous Bow Roundabout junction in Tower Hamlets. It is staggering that Boris Johnson has adopted such a secretive, snail-pace approach to this problem; especially given the number of cyclists killed and injured which prompted this review. As we head into winter and road conditions become more dangerous for cyclists people will want to know what is taking the Mayor so long.”

Mayor slammed for lack of progress on London’s most dangerous junctions

Labour London Assembly Member John Biggs today raised serious concerns about the progress of Mayor Boris Johnson’s ‘Better Junctions’ programme after requests for an update on the project’s progress were...

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