Statement given by Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Russell Smith

During the first few hours of yesterday’s events (7 July), exceptional pressure was placed on the London Ambulance Service with our priority being to treat patients and get them to hospital as quickly as possible.

Many of our paramedics and technicians dealt with very traumatic injuries and our control room staff took some particularly harrowing calls.

Our focus now is in supporting our people, and getting back to our normal day-to-day operation.

Yesterday, the London Ambulance Service, as the emergency arm of the NHS, coped well with an unprecedented event. In part this was due to the professionalism and commitment of our staff, but we also recognise the part played by the public in only using the 999 system for true emergencies, as we requested.  We are extremely grateful for their support.

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