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Health Minister, Mark Drakeford has set a target for an '' urgent improvement" in ambulance response times . He's demanding that the Welsh Ambulance Service steps up its performance within three months.
The Welsh Ambulance Service has responded to criticism over its failure to meet its response time targets for the most urgent calls.
It says its response times have been affected by an increase in the number of calls received, and "lengthy handover delays at some hospitals."
The service says it recognises the fact that it does not always meet its targets, but says it is working as hard as possible to provide the best treatment for patients.
It also urges the public to use the most appropriate NHS services, and says "please remember only to dial 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk."
Plaid Cymru's Health spokeswoman Elin Jones is calling the latest ambulance service response times "disastrous", after it again failed to meet response targets.
According to official figures released today, the Welsh Ambulance Service has again failed to meet its response time targets.
In May, 54.1 per cent of ambulances reached life threatening incidents in eight minutes down from 56.7 per cent in April and below the target of 65 per cent.
The Welsh Conservatives are blaming a lack of investment from Labour ministers and a failure to address logjams at A&E departments.
The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams is labelling the figures as a "national disgrace".