Only 42.6% of ambulances in Wales got to the most life threatening calls within 8 mins according to Welsh Government figures published today. The target is for 65% of them do to so. The figures for November were 51%.
In certain parts of Wales the response figures were even worse:
- Torfaen - 28.3%
- Rhondda Cynon Taff - 29.9%
Half of Welsh local authorities performed below the 42.6% average figure. The best performing area, Conwy was still below the national target of 65%.
The chief executive of the service Tracy Myhill says "We completely appreciate that this presents an unacceptable level of service delivery across the whole health and social care system."
The Welsh Conservatives called the figures "the worst on record".
More evidence of a bleak mid-winter for the Welsh NHS, these are truly horrific figures – the worst on record – which must set alarm bells ringing for Labour Ministers who have inflicted record-breaking cuts on the Welsh NHS.
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