The ambulance service is to receive a cash injection of £11m, the Welsh Government has announced.
The organisation which commissions emergency ambulances will receive £8m of extra funding this financial year.
The money will also help purchase 17 new emergency ambulances at a cost of £3m to add to the 243 fleet in Wales.
It's come from the £40m of 'winter pressures' money given to the NHS earlier this month.
The new chief ambulance services commissioner for Wales Stephen Harrhy said the money will not only help improve response times but help 'deliver an improved clinical service'.
"Improving the performance of the emergency ambulance service is a priority for the Welsh Government. This multi-million pound investment is proof of that commitment.
"It will increase the number of frontline emergency ambulances available across Wales. The Emergency Ambulance Services Committee has also invested £7.5m to allow the ambulance service to employ 120 additional paramedics."
The Welsh Government has welcomed today's report by the Wales Audit Office which shows the NHS isn't delivering low waiting times for patients having elective surgery.
A spokesperson said there's good practice underway across Wales and waiting times for patients has been falling since last year.
"We welcome the Wales Audit Office's report, which recognises the good practice underway across Wales, the prudent healthcare agenda and our planned care programme, which will set and deliver good practice across the country.
"The report shows nine out of 10 patients are waiting less than 26 weeks and the median wait is just under 10 weeks. Waiting times for diagnostic tests have also been cut, with the number of patients waiting more than eight weeks falling by 24% since May 2014.
"We expect health boards to continue to improve performance against referral to treatment times targets; this will be outlined in their integrated medium term plans, which will be submitted at the end of this month."
This is an important day – and an important judgement – for service reconfiguration in Wales. Health services need to evolve and modernise to meet the changing needs of the population and take full advantage of the benefits of new technology and advances in clinical skills.
“The court found all aspects of the procedures adopted by both the health board and the Health Minister to be fair and lawful. “The Health Minister is very pleased that this matter is now settled and the people living in the Hywel Dda area can look forward to improved standards of care in the future.”
Campaigners in west Wales have lost three judicial reviews into the legality of the downgrading of A&E services at the Prince Phillip Hospital in Llanelli.
Campaigners called on the High Court in Cardiff to look** **at how the decision was made by Hywel Dda Health Board,
They also questioned the decision to close the neonatal unit at Withybush Hospital in Pembrokeshire which led to protests.
Local people were concerned that premature babies would have to leave the county and travel to Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.
Campaigner Tony Flatley said today they were disappointed with the court's decision but would take advice from their legal team and appeal if they could.
Negotiating pay for consultants separately in Wales is 'no longer viable', according to the health minister.
Following an announcement that the Welsh NHS is to pay all staff the living wage, Mark Drakeford said:
“In the absence of meaningful negotiations with BMA Wales, I feel I have no option but to conclude that it is no longer viable to maintain a separate Welsh contract.
“We will seek formally to join the England and Northern Ireland negotiations with a view to implementing this contract in the future, which ensures consultants in Wales have the same opportunities as their colleagues in other parts of the UK.”
The Welsh NHS Confederation says it regrets that there have been no meaningful discussions on the matter:
Richard Tompkins, Director, NHS Wales Employers, said:
“We very much regret that it has not been possible to negotiate on the paybill for medical staff in Wales.
“We now want to work with colleagues in Welsh Government and BMA Cymru to ensure that moving to a UK contract delivers parity for doctors across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, fairly rewards continued excellence and reflects the needs of future service delivery.”
Around 2,400 of the lowest paid employees in the NHS in Wales will receive an increase in their basic salary as the organisation becomes a living wage employer.
The health minister announced today that all staff will be paid at least the living wage of £7.65 an hour – more than the minimum wage rate of £6.31 an hour.
The change which will come into force from September.
The Living Wage Commission has called for all public sector workers to be paid a living wage of at least £7.65 per hour.
Professor Drakeford said:
"This sends a clear signal that the Welsh Government is committed to tackling poverty and that NHS Wales is a fair, equitable employer.
“I have also decided the fairest option that will benefit the majority of workers is to award all Agenda for Change staff a flat cash payment of £160 and to protect the ability for those not at the top of their pay bands to move up to the next increment when it becomes due.
"This will mean that more than nine out of 10 NHS staff will receive a pay award in 2014-15."
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Trade unions representing around 400,000 workers across Wales have today condemned political attacks aimed at the Welsh NHS and called on the Prime Minister to apologise for describing Offa's Dyke as a 'line between life and death'.
In a public statement, marking the 66th anniversary of the NHS, unions are warning that political attacks have already damaged morale within the service and risk 'driving a wedge between patients and staff.'
Wales TUC unions within the health service represent thousands of NHS Wales workers ranging from nurses, paramedics and consultants to porters and physiotherapists.
Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield said:
"Today we should feel proud that the NHS was made in Wales, proud of the advances made and doubly proud of our committed and talented health workforce. We know that, despite political attacks from UK politicians, NHS workers have the support of the Welsh public.
"Of course there are challenges and resources are stretched, but our members see the reality of an excellent service striving to be even better in the wards, surgeries and clinics right across Wales. It is time that their voice is heard."
A Downing St spokesman said:
“The PM has set out his view on how the NHS is run in Wales and he stands by that.”
The Welsh Government has responded to a warning from the British Medical Association that the NHS here faces a "stark future", insisting that there are no proposals to cut consultants' pay in Wales.
We have received the pay review body’s recommendation and are working with representatives from professional bodies and trades unions about how an equivalent sum to that being made available in England can be distributed to NHS staff in Wales.
There are no proposals to cut consultants’ pay. We share BMA Wales’ aim of continuing to improve healthcare, but regret it has been unable to come to the table to negotiate with NHS Employers in Wales about the reform of terms and conditions in the Welsh consultants’ contract.
In the absence of Welsh discussions, which we would very much have preferred, we are now considering how we can ensure that comparable opportunities are available to consultants in Wales as to their colleagues in England.
When it comes to spending on health the BMA has got its figures wrong. Wales actually spends £42 more per head of population on health than England.
Doctors group the British Medical Association has issued a severe warning, saying the NHS in Wales is "facing a very stark future that threatens to scar our nation."
BMA Welsh council chairman Dr Philip Banfield was speaking at the trade union's annual conference in Harrogate.
He said that the Welsh Government plans to cut the salaries of consultants which could mean that they will earn 5 per cent less than their counterparts in the UK, and warned the move "will worsen the continuing recruitment crisis in Wales."
The BMA received over 450 unsolicited emails and letters working in Wales, expressing their dismay at the proposal.
Dr Banfield said: "Financial targets still take precedence over clinical priorities, our doctors, nurses and other front-line clinical staff have morale at an all-time low, stress at an all-time high – and this, as we have seen, is when mistakes happen and patients die unnecessarily."