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Emergency services radio delays

16th August 2007

A review has warned that London Ambulance Service would be ill-prepared for another underground terrorist attack because of delays in implementing Airwave radio systems within emergency services in the capital.


The London Assembly 7 July Review Committee raised the concern due to continuous postponements of Airwave go-live dates.

In its fourth review on the response to the London bombings of 7 July 2005, the Assembly warns: “We are concerned about the delays that have occurred in establishing digital radio communications within the emergency services in London, especially the London Ambulance Service and by the emergence of significant problems relating to coverage.?

The Department of Health awarded a contract for a new digital radio and communication system for all NHS ambulance trusts in England in July 2005 with the O2 Airwave network awarded the contract worth £390m for the next 13 years. It was meant to start with implementation in London by summer 2007.

London Ambulance Service says the delays are the result of contractual and technical changes.

Despite these delays, the review committee has also praised the London Ambulance Service for its work in putting in place new procedures for dealing with major incidents.

The need for new radios was highlighted by the 7/7 attacks when it emerged that the emergency services were unable to liaise with each other in reaching victims.

Committee chairman Richard Barnes says more work is needed to build on the significant improvements that have been made in London’s ability to respond to a major incident.


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Laura stokes

Tuesday 21st August 2007 @ 7:53

The Barnsley ambulance service experiences delays through traffic congestion both near the hospital and on the way.
This problem is an on going one and as a police observer recommendations for a new radio system as well as new routes could be beneficial to both the ambulance staff and the patient.

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