London’s ambulance service is to be placed into special measures after a number of major failures were identified by healthcare inspectors who branded the organisation’s performance as “inadequate”.
The engines were withdrawn from day-to-day service in August 2013 to ensure that private contractors had sufficient equipment to provide emergency fire cover during strikes by Fire Brigades Union members.
Although many drivers already accept payment cards this is on a voluntary basis and passengers must first check with drivers before starting their journey. Transport for London’s requirement that all cabs adopt payment by card means passengers will benefit from a consistent experience.
Transport for London looks set to become leaner and more commercially focussed after Chancellor George Osborne confirmed that the Government is to stop underwriting some of its day to day running costs.
Budgets were expected to be slashed as part of the Government’s austerity programme, a move that Mr Johnson and Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe have repeatedly warned would reduce the forces’ officer count by thousands and undermine neighbourhood policing.