The health minister Mark Drakeford has said the ambulance service must meet the challenges it faces. It comes after ITV News revealed last night that long lines of ambulances were waiting outside Wales' biggest hospital - The University hospital of Wales.
Concerns were raised last night after reports that queues of ambulances were waiting outside the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff for hours to transfer patients.
A member of the public contacted ITV Cymru Wales claiming around 14 vehicles were outside A&E with patients inside.
Today Cardiff & The Vale University Health Board has denied that claim.
The board says at it's busiest point there were several ambulances outside and that was for less than an hour's wait.
A spokesman told ITV Cymru Wales 91 per cent of patients were seen within four hours and nobody waited for more than 12 hours.
The board says it is coping well during the busiest period of the year and it has not had to cancel any elective operations and wishes to reassure the public and thank staff for managing the demands on them.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
The McClelland Review of the Welsh Ambulance Service was clear that a shift is needed to targets which measure outcomes for patients. That is what we are now doing in Wales.In the meantime, the Welsh Ambulance Service continues to display real resilience in the face of growing demands and the start of winter pressures.The figures are a testament to the hard work of paramedics and ambulance Trust staff who are often criticised for failing to achieve a target that is only very weakly backed by evidence.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service has failed to meet its target of reaching 65% of immediately life-threatening calls.
November's figures show it reached 63.2% of 999 calls - responding to life-threatening incidents in eight minutes - down 2% from last month.
The Conservatives said last month's figures, which showed the ambulance service meeting its target for the first time since 2012, 'now looks like a blip'.
The Welsh Government said 68.6% of life threatening calls were responded to in nine minutes, 87.7% within 15 minutes and 94.2% in 20 minutes.
Wales' health minister says ambulance response times look in good shape to deal with calls over the coming winter months.
Figures released today show service has finally met its target - of 65% of life-threatening incidents responded to in eight minutes - for the first time since 2012.
Mark Drakeford said, " I congratulate the ambulance staff for achieving the target and for their ongoing commitment to patients and improvement."
The figure for October 2013 was 65.2%, the first time the national target has been met since May 2012.
The Welsh Government said 70.5% of life threatening calls were responded to within nine minutes, 89.5% within 15 minutes and 95.4% within 20 minutes.
The Welsh Ambulance Service is urging people to take extra care this Bonfire Night.
Last year they dealt with everything from minor burns to life changing injuries as a result of fireworks.
They're reminding everyone to make sure safety remains a priority.
The Welsh Government say that the amount of time wasted by ambulances waiting outside hospitals is 'unacceptable.'
It follows figures from the Welsh Ambulance Trust that showed since September last year ambulances have waited more than 54,000 hours, the equivalent of 6 years.
In March patients were forced to wait for long periods in ambulances outside hospitals as they waited for room in A&E units.
In a statement the Welsh Government said they "expect all Health Boards to work with the ambulance service to keep delays to a minimum and continue to provide effective care throughout any delay, while the patient awaits handover."
It says the problem is 'UK-wide' and that the majority of patients are handed over to the care of A&E staff quickly.
Professor Siobhan McClelland is expected to hand a review of the Welsh Ambulance Service to the Health Minister this week.
An investigation has been launched after a woman lost her baby as she waited two hours for an ambulance.
She was told at the Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr that she would require a Caesarian section which would need to take place at the Royal Gwent hospital in Newport.
The Aneurin Bevan Health Board have told ITV Wales that they have begun a joint investigation with the Welsh Ambulance Service.
– ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD STATEMENT
Our thoughts are with the mother and her family at this extremely difficult time. We will continue to meet with the family and provide any support they require.
The events took place on Thursday 1st November.
The Health Minister Lesley Griffiths has said she wants the 'very distressing case' to be investigated thoroughly.
– LESLEY GRIFFITHS AM, HEALTH MINISTER
I am aware of this very distressing case. Jeff Cuthbert and Jocelyn Davies have both written to me about it and I can assure you that I will be writing to Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted.