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Welsh Government to spend £8.2m on new ambulances

The Welsh Ambulance Service covers 8,000 square miles across Wales Credit: PA

The Welsh Ambulance Service will receive 90 new emergency and non-emergency vehicles from the Welsh Government.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announced the £8.2m investment that will see the service purchase:

  • 18 Emergency Ambulances
  • 67 Non Emergency Patient Transport Service (NEPTS)
  • Five specialist Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) vehicles, to replace the existing fleet.

The Welsh Ambulance Service currently has over 700 vehicles, which cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles across Wales.

Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething said:

The £8.2 million investment I’m announcing today will enable the Welsh Ambulance Service to continue upgrading its existing fleet, allowing the service to deliver the best care for people in Wales.

This will ensure the ambulance service is able to deploy the most appropriate clinician in the most appropriate vehicle, ensuring people receive the quickest response possible.

– Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething

Richard Lee, Director of Operations for the Welsh Ambulance Service said:

In Wales we’re proud to have some of the most up-to-date and best equipped ambulances to benefit our patients and staff.

Whether we’re attending emergency calls, taking non-emergency patients to appointments or providing life-saving care at major incidents, it’s vital that we have a modern fleet capable of responding to everyone’s needs.

– Welsh Ambulance Service, Richard Lee

Since 2011, the Welsh Government has invested almost £45m in new ambulance vehicles for the Welsh Ambulance Service.