Welsh Government must act over "alarming" ambulance response times

The Welsh Government must take responsibility for “deeply worrying” ambulance response times in Cardiff and the Vale – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.

 

Between December and February – 34 patients had to wait over 15 minutes for an ambulance to arrive for “immediately life threatening” emergencies.

 

This represents almost twice the Welsh Government’s 8-minute target for “red” callers.

 

Over the same period – there were 483 waits of over 6 hours for “amber” calls – which includes people suffering from strokes and heart attacks.

 

85 people had to wait over 10 hours for an ambulance.

 

The news follows a number of notable incidents – including 82 year-old Dinas Powys resident Hugh Mackie – who had to wait over 20 hours for an ambulance.

 

88 year-old Cowbridge resident Kathleen Dweck had to wait over 10 hours overnight after suffering a broken leg.

 

Describing the figures as “alarming but unsurprising” – Mr Davies called on the Welsh Government to take urgent action to address the problem.

 

Mr Davies said, “Over the past few weeks – there have been a number of notable incidents involving constituents – who had to wait unacceptably long times for an ambulance to arrive.

 

“These latest figures are deeply worrying – but sadly not particularly surprising – given the headlines we have seen over the past few weeks.

 

“34 people experiencing immediately life threatening emergencies had to wait more than twice the Welsh Government’s 8 minute response time – and this is frankly scandalous.

 

“Our hardworking paramedics and ambulance teams always go the extra mile – but there are clearly problems at the top that need addressing.

 

“The Welsh Government must take notice – get their heads out of the sand – and get a grip with what is an incredibly serious situation.”

 

ENDS