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Labour must turn around Welsh ambulance service underperformance

Welsh Conservatives today called on Labour Ministers to set out plans to turn around over two years of missed ambulance targets, as new figures show just 58.9% of ambulances responded to a life-threatening call within eight minutes last month.

Figures published today show that Labour’s target for ambulance responses within 8 minutes for life-threatening calls has been missed again.

Despite having the lowest ambulance response time target in the UK for category A calls – just 65% - Labour’s target has only been met once in the past two years.

Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said, “Paramedics and other ambulance staff work tirelessly to deliver the highest standards of care, but too often they are hamstrung by decisions taken by health bosses and Labour Ministers.

“The Welsh Labour Government chose to impose record-breaking cuts on the NHS budget and their failure to get to grips with the crisis in emergency departments is preventing ambulances from swiftly transferring patients and putting lives at risk.

“That the Welsh ambulance response time target has been missed almost every single month in the past two years, despite having the lowest target in the UK, is inexcusable.

“Wales has enjoyed a long mild summer, yet ambulance response times have been worse in recent months than at the same time last year.

“Labour Ministers must act to turn around years of underperformance in the service and enable staff to deliver the standards that patients expect.”