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London Ambulance Service is teaming up with colleagues in neighbouring counties to help boost efficiency.

LAS and South Central Ambulance Service will consider sharing vehicles, IT systems and equipment in order to make the most of their budgets.

The trusts hope to learn from each other’s best practices by working more closely together.

LAS chief executive Garrett Emmerson said: “Our patients expect and deserve the best care we can provide and that means making every £1 of tax payers’ money count.

“To keep improving, we need to partner with the wider NHS - and that’s what this partnership is all about, working with and learning from our neighbours to ensure the best care for the 16 million people who live and work across London and the South Central region.”

South Central Ambulance Service chief executive Will Hancock added: “We already work closely together with London Ambulance Service, including at incidents which happen on or near our boundaries, during large scale planned events and major incidents.

"With ever increasing demands on ambulance services across the country, such partnerships will be crucial to ensure that the improvements in patient care and experience, working environments for staff and innovations in service delivery can be delivered within our existing resources."

South Central Ambulance Service covers Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Hampshire, as well as Sussex and Surrey for non-emergency patient transport services, while LAS covers the 32 London boroughs.