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.

It comes as figures released last week revealed the ambulance response target was missed for the tenth month in row.

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'


Ambulance targets missed

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