Ambulance response times in Powys in desperate need of improvement

Ambulance response times in Powys are in desperate need of improvement, Kirsty Williams AM has said today in response to newly published figures.

Figures published for August show that just 54.8% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls in Powys arrived at the scene within 8 minutes.  This is down from 57.6% in July 2015.  The all-Wales target is 65%.

Powys is the second worst performing area in Wales, with only patients in Ceredigion receiving a slower response service.

After failing to meet its ‘urgent’ emergency 8 minute target for over 21 months, the Labour Government in Wales has announced that from October it will now classify fewer calls as needing an 8 minute response. 

Commenting Kirsty Williams, Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“Not only does Wales have the slowest ambulance response times in the UK, but patients in Powys are having to wait longer than nearly everyone else in Wales too. 

“It’s horrendous to think of people badly in need of care being forced to wait so long for an ambulance. 

 “There is no hiding from the fact that well over a decade of a Labour Government in Wales has left our ambulance service in crisis.

 “NHS staff and paramedics work incredibly hard and do an extremely difficult job, which we are all thankful for, but they are being held back by the underperforming Labour Government in Wales.”