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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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£9.5m for 'major upgrade' of ambulance fleet

Almost £9.5m will be spent on "a major upgrade" of the ambulance fleet in Wales.

The funding was announced the Welsh Government, ahead of an Assembly debate on a critical review of the Welsh Ambulance Service this afternoon.

The volume of calls to the Ambulance Service in Wales has risen by 68% over the last decade. It relies on its vehicles being ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Ambulances in Wales are exposed to harsh conditions and high mileages in many cases. We must, therefore, keep investing in new vehicles so they are on the road and able to provide high quality clinical services.

– Mark Drakeford, Health Minister

110 old vehicles will be replaced by:

  • 49 emergency ambulances and High Dependency Services
  • 46 Rapid Response Vehicles and Emergency Practitioner Vehicles
  • 3 Patient Care Services
  • 5 Health Courier Services
  • 7 Specialist Vehicles (used for command and control, fleet care, driver training and major incident support)

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