Londoners do not have confidence in their emergency services, according to a new report released by Joanne McCartney, London Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey.
The research showed that 57 per cent of Londoners were "unconfident" that London’s emergency services are coping under the pressure of cuts and increased demand.
The report, "Emergency Services: Casualty of Cuts?", warns that the capital’s emergency services could reach crisis point if they do not receive adequate funding from Government over coming years.
The report puts the increased demand down to the population growth and cuts to services. The capital’s population was recently reported to be at a record 8.6 million people.
Since 2010, the number of major hospitals with staffed accident and emergency departments has dropped from nine to five. These closures led to ambulance strikes in November 2014.
Joanne McCartney said the Government needs to ensure the capital’s emergency services are given the funding they need to meet demands: “Everyone relies on the emergency services to be there when they need them. With over half of
Londoners now expressing concern about the emergency services’ ability to cope, we need Government to recognise that blue light services cannot become the casualties of cuts.
“London’s population is already at a record high and is set to grow even further in coming years. Over the past five years our emergency infrastructure has been stretched with many of the capital’s A&E departments, police and fire stations closed and services now struggling to hit their targets. With the emergency services warning of further budget cuts on the horizon we have to be clear to Government, whoever is in power, that the burden of cuts cannot fall so heavily that our emergency services are unable to cope.”