Fury as British taxpayers foot bill after ambulance staff lose hundreds of iPads

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A UK ambulance service has been slammed for its “alarming” attitude towards the disappearance of iPads worth thousands.

Data analysed by the Taxpayers’ Alliance for GB News showed that, since 2020, the LAS has spent a total of £3,315,475 on 6,857 iPads.

This is an average of £483 per iPad. Between 2021 and 22, 70 iPads were lost in just a three-month period, totalling £33,810.

From the TaxPayers’ Alliance, Jonathan Eida said the London Ambulance Service is “taking ‘use it or lose it’ to a new level”.

He said: “The disappearance of digital equipment is happening at an alarming rate and it’s taxpayers who are picking up the bill.”

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He added: “Staff must take better care of expensive tech and remember who is paying for it.”

The LAS bought thousands more iPads in October 2021, saying at the time: “Our clinicians will benefit from nearly 5,000 eighth-generation iPads as part of our commitment towards ensuring our clinicians have access to the latest technology to aid patient care.”

In a statement, it added: “The rollout of electronic devices across our Service has helped our frontline crews feel better supported when making quick decisions for their patients, with information available at their fingertips: meaning each patient is getting the correct and most appropriate care.

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“The iPads allow our ambulance crews to improve coordination with emergency departments so our partners in hospital can be better informed before patients arrive.

“The devices also offer access to clinical information to help our crews assess and determine the best treatment plan for their patients, which may include referral to another, more appropriate part of the NHS.”

The NHS has faced repeated criticism for wasting money.

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