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Ambulance targets missed

Response targets have been missed for thirteen months in a row according to figures released today.

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Welsh Ambulance Service review published

'Deep-rooted problems' within the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust must be addressed, according to a report published today.

The review was commissioned by the Welsh Government last November.

Among the recommendations made in the review are:

  • Address the 'fundamental problem' with current accountability, funding and governance arrangements for ambulance services in Wales
  • Address 'deep-rooted problems' with Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and 'persisting issues' in its relationship with partners
  • Put in place 'robust planning' to deliver a skilled and modernised Emergency Medical Services workforce
  • Develop alternative care pathways 'to allow patients to be treated at the right time and in the right place' and reduce unnecessary pressure on A&E
  • Welsh Government and NHS Wales 'should put in place resilient interim arrangements to ensure services continue safely during any transitional period'

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