Just days after the Welsh Labour Heath Minister announced a new consultation on some proposed changes to the ambulance service in Wales the latest ambulance response figures show that RCT lingers yet again at the bottom of the table. In November only 54.5% of category 'A' emergency calls were answered within the target time of eight minutes.
Welsh Liberal Democrat's RCT Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says action is needed and urgently, and accused the Minister of doing nothing more than "rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic."
"The Welsh Government set a target of 65% of all emergency, life threatening calls to be answered within 8 minutes, in itself a fairly unambitious target. In Rhondda Cynon Taff that target has not been met in over two years.
"Review upon review has been carried out by successive Welsh Labour Health Ministers yet nothing is happening. The Minister earlier this month announced the start of a consultation on a couple of changes following the latest of these reviews. If it were not so serious then it would be laughable.
"In the face of such obvious failings he is proposing to rename the service and appoint a Commissioner to oversee it, advising health boards and policing how their policies are implemented
"Is changing the name really going to improve the service? It won't address the problems of lack of staff and unmanned ambulance stations and missed targets, over and over. What it will inevitably do is cost money, money that the health service, and indeed the Welsh Government, can ill afford. As for appointing a Commissioner, will that make a difference? We already have a Children's Commissioner, an Older People's Commissioner, and a Welsh Language Commissioner. Are they really improving the services they oversee?
"There is a need for action, now."
Welsh Labour Heath Minister announced a new consultation
Rhondda Cynon Taff that target has not been met in over two years.