Paramedic numbers could fall as London Ambulance Services announces job losses

London Ambulance Service is to cut 890 jobs in the capital over the next five years.

Managers and frontline crew will be told exactly where the axe will fall in the next few weeks, LAS announced today.

The service needs to make savings of more than �53 million.

It says it expects a lot of the job losses to come from “natural wastage” where staff who leave are not replaced.

Chief xxecutive Peter Bradley CBE said: “With nearly 80 per cent of our budget spent on staff costs it would be impossible to make the savings required without removing posts.”

LAS employs almost 5,000 staff.

It said 560 frontline jobs will go while 330 posts in management and support are being axed.

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Mr Bradley added that LAS is also reducing the use of agency workers to make savings.

Earlier this year Barts and the London NHS trust, which runs The Royal London, London Chest and Barts hospitals, announced it is axing more than 600 jobs.