More paramedics for NHS London Ambulance Service

More than 150 paramedics will be recruited to London's ambulance service by 2015 following a funding boost.

The NHS London Ambulance Service will receive an extra £7.1m for 240 staff including paramedics and A&E support workers.

It said the money would help meet increasing demands on the service following a rise in emergency calls.

The NHS said the changes would reduce pressure on staff and provide them with more time for training and development.

Using 'every penny'

Chief Executive Ann Radmore said: "Increased demand has meant not everyone is getting the level of care they should from us, and many are waiting too long for our help."

The funding has come from London's 32 clinical commissioning groups, with an additional £7.7m due to help maintain the changes.

A&E support staff, who currently attend lower priority calls, will be trained to respond to a wider range of emergencies.

Ms Radmore added: "Increasing our staffing numbers is important, but we also need to work with our staff and unions to make the best use of every penny we are given. "

The money will increase the number of frontline medical staff in the city from 3,151 to 3,391 by 2015.

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