The Welsh Government says more needs to be done to raise the performance of ambulance response times. Figures out today reveal they are still not on target for the eleventh month in a row.
In April the Welsh Ambulance Service achieved a 4 percentage point increase in the number of emergency responses arriving at the scene within the eight minute target. In the same month, 75% of patients who required an emergency response received one within 12 minutes, and over 90% received a response within 20 minutes.
While this is encouraging, more needs to be done to ensure performance improves in the long term. The Minister for Health and Social Services has accepted a number of recommendations made following the recent review of Welsh Ambulance Services, with focus on delivering a clinical service to ensure patients receive the right response, at the right time and in the right place.
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