Spending on private ambulances in London grew by 1,000% between 2011 and 2013, the Labour Party has claimed.

The NHS spent £8.84m on private ambulances in the capital last year compared to £795,000 in 2011, according to a Freedom of Information request.

The London Ambulance Service said it was losing staff due to “pressure on the organisation”.

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