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Ambulance response times at worryingly low level yet again

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Another month, another set of ambulance response statistics, and more evidence that the South Wales Programme decision to remove services from the Royal Glamorgan hospital is badly flawed.
The good news is that RCT is not at the bottom of the table this month and that the response rate for ambulances reaching category 'A' emergency calls in 8 minutes has actually improved.
The bad news is that the increase is from 43.9% in April to just 44.6% in May - far short of the Welsh Government target for 65% to achieve 8 minutes response time. A target which in RCT they have constantly failed to meet. RCT response rates have risen off the bottom of the table only because they dipped in other areas during May not because of a significantly better performance here.
Residents are rightly concerned that with the plans to remove services from the Royal Glamorgan having been agreed to by the Cwm Taf Health Board and the Community Health Council - who are supposed to represent the concerns of residents here - then lives may be put at risk.
The BBC report that "Ministers have demanded that the Welsh Ambulance Service demonstrate an "urgent improvement" in its performance." An unnamed 'spokesperson' said: "The Welsh Ambulance Service itself needs to demonstrate urgent improvement in its performance."
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams said:
"Year after a year, month after month, this situation is getting worse but the Welsh Labour government is still failing to do anything about it.
"We need clear, decisive action from the Welsh Labour Government - and we need it now, before even more lives are put at risk under Welsh Labour's watch."

The BBC report

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-28018309

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