MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay said he was appalled by the latest ambulance response times figures released this week.
Figures for Wales for October show that ambulance response times deteriorated by 10% compared with the same period last year, with just 55.5% of ambulances responding to immediate life-threatening calls within the eight minute target – while in Monmouthshire, only 46.5% of ambulances arrived at the scene within eight minutes in response to 370 immediate life-threatening calls.
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:
“These latest figures will be of serious concern to my constituents who should be confident that when they are faced with a life-threatening situation they can expect a prompt medical response. I know from the many complaints I receive that a long wait for an ambulance to arrive is extremely distressing and can mean the difference between life and death.
“We have been assured in the past that there would be an improvement but clearly this is not the case. The Welsh Government must take urgent action to address this crisis – people in Monmouthshire deserve better.”