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Welsh ambulance target missed again

The response time target for the most urgent ambulance calls in Wales has been missed for the 21st consecutive month. 

 

Across Wales, 65 per cent of ‘Category A’ or ‘immediately life-threatening’ calls should receive an ambulance response with eight minutes.

 

But in July, just 61.7 per cent of calls received a response in the target time. 

 

 

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

 

“That these targets have been missed for more than 20 months in a row is a national scandal. 

 

“In an immediately life-threatening situation, the length of time waiting for an ambulance can make the difference between life and death. Despite the hard work of health service staff, the Welsh Ambulance Service continues to underperform due to wider pressures in the unscheduled care system, made worse by Welsh Labour's record breaking NHS budget cuts.

 

“Labour's cuts have seen beds and minor injuries units axed and hospitals closed and downgraded. 

 

“Instead of scrapping targets Labour Ministers should be investing in our health service to turn poor performance around.”