Tens of thousands of ambulance workers have quit under the Conservatives, it can be revealed today.
Some 33,141 paramedics, technicians and office staff have walked away since October 2010, according to figures uncovered by Labour .
The total annual number of staff leaving NHS ambulance trusts soared by a staggering 80% between 2010/11 and 2017/18, an analysis of NHS Digital, Provisional NHS Hospital & Community Health Service monthly workforce statistics shows.
However, the Conservatives said overall numbers were up.
The London Ambulance Service has had to fill the most vacancies, with 4,097 staff have left since 2010.
Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth said: “Yet again this is more evidence of the retention and recruitment crisis afflicting our NHS after nine, hard years of Tory mismanagement and cuts.
“Workforce shortages place huge pressures on ambulance services and its patients who too often are left stranded waiting longer and longer for an ambulance to arrive.”
In 2010/11, some 2,704 workers left NHS Ambulance Trusts.
The toll climbed every year until reaching a shocking high of 5,0002 in 2016/17, before falling back slightly to 4,875 in 2017/18.
Since October 2010, 4,097 staff have left the London Ambulance Service, which is the highest for any ambulance service.
LAS is the largest NHS Ambulance Trust in the country, hiring 5,686 staff.
Then next highest was South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with 3,735, followed by North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust with 3,639.
Labour said that in everr year the “leaver rate” – calculated by dividing the number of leavers for a category of staff by the average of the number of staff in that category at the beginning and end of the period – rose every year.
For South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust it was up by 7.3% – the highest of all the services in England.
In contrast, at East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust it climbed by 2.2%.
Health Minister Stephen Hammond overall paramedic numbers were up by 40% and “there are 3,800 more ambulance staff working in the NHS than there were in 2010”.
He added: “Our responsible management of the economy has meant we have been able to support and build our NHS with an extra £20.5billion through our Long Term Plan.
“There are thousands more doctors and nurses on our wards than there were in 2010, and the record levels of funding we are providing means we can continue to invest in our NHS workforce.: