The South Western Ambulance Service Trust has defended itself after new figures revealed it had the worst response times to 999 calls in the country.
It blamed the rural nature of the South West for the fact that it missed the target of reaching seventy seven per cent of calls within eight minutes.
Miles Sibley from the Patients watchdog, Healthcare Devon, says target times shouldn't be the only measure...
South Western Ambulance missed its emergency response targets in October.
An eight minute response time was only achieved for 71% of urgent calls - the minimum target is 75%.
An NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said "Like all ambulance trusts around the country, the service is facing an ongoing increase in demand for its services meaning more calls to respond to and increasing numbers of patients requiring care.
"An additional challenge for the south west region is that it is predominantly rural, with many isolated communities."
Unions representing ambulance staff in the region say they're disappointed the contract to provide non emergency patient transport has been awarded to a private company.
From October, NSL will take responsibility for non emergency patient transport in Somerset, Cornwall and most of Devon. The new contract will run seven days a week instead of five, but UNISON says it's worried:
It's been a mixed bag of weather for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall this week.
What was billed as their annual summer visit to Cornwall turned out to be more like autumn at times.
Today (Weds) was their last day, and a special one for Camilla, who visited a charity close to her heart...