The latest statistics for ambulance response times have been published today and yet again Rhondda Cynon Taff is at the bottom of the league. Just 41.1% of category 'A' emergency calls were responded to within the target time of eight minutes in RCT - the worst performance in Wales.
Across Wales the average was an abysmal 52.8% with only Conwy managing to scrape past the Welsh Labour Government's already low target of 65% of these emergency calls being answered within eight minutes.
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts said
"This is an absolute disgrace, and the Welsh Labour Government continues to ignore the matter - at least the band who played whilst Titanic sunk knew what they were facing. Carwyn and his crew seem to be denying the presence of the iceberg.
"The response of the Health Minister is, unbelievably, to move the goalposts. They have been unable to solve the problems across the service and hit their own targets so they are just going to change them.
"The new targets will look at the responses to only a very limited number of conditions. Whilst it is good news that there will be a closer look at clinical outcomes and how patients are treated it cannot be an excuse for poor performance in other aspects."
New indicators for the ambulance service and A&E will focus on three key treatment areas - care for people who have had heart attacks, strokes or fractured hips. The Welsh government says new indicators will give patients a more "meaningful" understanding of the quality of care to expect. They claim present targets are too "narrow", focusing on response times or patients waiting in A&E.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell added
"This is nothing but a cynical attempt to divert attention away from the poor performance of the NHS under this Labour Government. Only once since the Summer of 2012 has the all Wales target been reached. In Rhondda Cynon Taff we have been constantly at the bottom of the table.
"This on top of the downgrading of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital will rightly cause both anger and concern amongst residents locally. It is a disgrace, and it is not the fault of the ambulance crews but a result of mismanagement and a lack of co-ordination across the NHS in Wales. The Labour Government should be ashamed of themselves."