Volunteers to drive ambulance cars as service continues to face pressure
Volunteers will drive ambulance cars for some patients in need as part of a pilot scheme due to launch next month.
It comes as new figures last week showed ambulance response times and A&E performance in England have dropped to their lowest levels on record while the backlog of patients waiting for care has continued to grow.
London Ambulance Service (LAS) said trained volunteers already respond to 999 calls in their own car alongside ambulances.
But it confirmed that such volunteers would now be deployed in ambulance cars for lower category calls in some instances.