Ambulance response times missed in the Vale again

Another month of failed Labour-managed ambulance response times in the Vale of Glamorgan has been criticised by South Wales Central Assembly Member, Andrew RT Davies.

 

By the end of June this year, 57.7 per cent of emergency responses to immediately life-threatening calls arrived at the scene within eight minutes.

 

The target is 65 per cent – the lowest in the UK. It’s now been missed for 20 consecutive months and met just once in the last three years.

 

As the figures were published, the Labour government announced proposals to move from time-based performance measures to an evidence-based approach, following a clinical review.

 

Leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, said:

 

“While a new approach to targets is something we welcome, Labour ministers must ensure that we are able to benchmark performance with other parts of the UK.

 

“Wales has amongst the worst response times in Britain and the most urgent target has now been missed for 20 consecutive months.

 

“It is Labour’s mismanagement of our NHS that’s led to this shameful failure in performance and only a change at the top will put that right. In an immediately life-threatening situation, the length of time waiting for an ambulance can make the difference between life and death.

 

“Rightly, residents across the Vale of Glamorgan will question 20 consecutive months of missed targets and it’s disappointing that performance in the Vale continues to lag behind other parts of the country.”

 

Notes to Editors:

 

The figures referred to above are available here: http://gov.wales/statistics-and-research/ambulance-services/?lang=en

 

The Welsh government has also published a ministerial statement announcing a 12 month pilot of a new clinical response model.