“Ambulance response times must improve”, says Local AM

Monmouth Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has again spoken out about the poor ambulance response times in Monmouthshire as Welsh Government ministers introduce a new clinical response model to the service.

Latest figures released by the Welsh Government show 61.4 % of emergency responses to immediate life-threatening calls arrived at the scene within eight minutes across Wales. The target is 65% – the lowest in the UK.  Monmouthshire only achieves the target in 52.1% of cases, and is one of the worst areas in Wales.

Speaking today Nick said:

“The Welsh Government’s rush to change the ambulance targets over the summer has an air of desperation about it.

“The Category A eight minute response target has now been missed for 20 consecutive months and in life-threatening situations the time spent waiting for an ambulance can make the difference between life and death.

“It now looks as though the Welsh Government is trying to move the goalposts to make the figures look better.

“I hope the 12 month pilot of the new clinical response model will deliver the results we all need in Monmouthshire but I fear it’s going to take more than simply changing the targets.”

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