AM calls on Government to intervene in ambulance crisis

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is calling on the Welsh Government to intervene to address serious concerns in the troubled Welsh Ambulance Service.

Addressing the Government’s Business Minister at the Senedd on Tuesday, Mr Ramsay said recent ambulance response times figures for Wales were appalling and it was time for the Welsh Government to step in rather than leaving the Ambulance Trust to deal with the worsening situation.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:

“Figures for Wales for October showed that ambulance response times to immediate life-threatening calls had deteriorated by 10% compared with the same period last year, while in Monmouthshire, only 46.5% of ambulances arrived at the scene within the Government’s eight minutes target for immediate life-threatening calls.

“This situation simply cannot go on. People should be confident that when they are faced with a life-threatening incident they can expect a prompt medical response. A slow response to an emergency call can not only be extremely distressing to all concerned but can mean the difference between life and death.

“We have been assured in the past that improvements would be made but this is just not happening. The Government must take urgent action now to prevent things deteriorating any further.”

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