Ambulance response times miss targets for 8th month in a row

February 27, 2013 3:06 PM

Ambulance response targets for the most urgent 999 calls have been missed for the eighth month in a row.

Latest figures revealed that an average of just 59.6% of category A calls in January received an ambulance within the eight minute response time - below the Welsh Government's target of 65%.

Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, commented:

"It can come of no real surprise that ambulance response times missed their targets once again last month. Weather conditions were particularly testing in January, nonetheless, it is still essential that urgent calls are responded to within the target time as it can often be a matter of life or death.

"What really stands out is the huge variance in performance across Wales. It is disgraceful that over half of urgent calls in either the Isle of Anglesey or Rhondda Cynon Taf were not responded to within the target time, while in areas such as Conwy, over 70% of calls met their target. This postcode lottery is completely unacceptable.

"Following the Welsh Liberal Democrat debate on the ambulance service, the Welsh Labour Government responded by calling for yet another review - the ninth review undertaken into the service in six years. What we need is action rather than just words. People in Wales are having to put up with an ambulance service that delivers the slowest response times on mainland Britain. That really is not good enough.

"Ambulance staff are working incredibly hard to deliver the best response times they can, but the Welsh Labour Government has clearly presided over an under funded service that isn't providing the service the people of Wales deserve."

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