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Communities deserve improved ambulance response times

Another month of failed Labour-managed ambulance response times have been criticised by Welsh Conservatives, as ministers introduce a new clinical response model to the service.

 

By the end of June this year, 61.4 per cent of emergency responses to immediately life-threatening calls arrived at the scene within eight minutes, according to the Welsh government’s own statistics.

 

The target is 65 per cent – the lowest in the UK. It’s now been missed for 20 consecutive months and met just once in the last three years.

 

As the figures were published, the Labour government announced proposals to move from time-based performance measures to an evidence-based approach, following a clinical review.

 

 

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:

 

“While a new approach to targets is something we welcome, Labour ministers must ensure that we are able to benchmark performance with other parts of the UK.

 

“These changes will only be effective if they lead to improved ambulance response times.

 

“That’s what communities and hard-pressed staff deserve and that’s what Labour ministers must now deliver with the new model.

 

“Wales has amongst the worst response times in Britain and the most urgent target has now been missed for 20 consecutive months.

 

“In an immediately life-threatening situation, the length of time waiting for an ambulance can make the difference between life and death.

 

“It is Labour’s mismanagement of our NHS that’s led to this shameful failure in performance and only a change at the top will put that right.”