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Ambulance response times must be addressed if any re-organisation is to succeed.

May 29, 2013 2:59 PM

Just a week after the Health Boards announced the start of a consultation which could see the loss of some specialist care service at the Royal Glamorgan the ambulance statistics for April show that yet again RCT lingers at the bottom of the table for response times. For April they show that once again less than half of ambulances responding to life threatening emergencies arrived within the 8 minute target time - just 48.6%

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says

"This is a slight increase on March when RCT was the worse in Wales with only 42.1%. Not once last year, nor during the first four months of this year has the Welsh Labour Government target of 65% been reached.

"However this will do nothing to instill confidence in residents that the new health reorganisation plans will succeed. The proposals are tocentralise specialist care services including acute trauma, in patient paediatric, consultant led maternity and neo natal services in four or five centres across South Wales. The 'best fit' option according to the Heath boards does not include the Royal Glamorgan as one of those centres.

"There is no doubt that some changes to the health service are necessary - although we would strongly argue that the Royal Glamorgan is better placed than the Princess of Wales in Bridgend to become a specialist centre. Yet wherever services are eventually located the plans fall apart if the situation regarding ambulance response times is not addressed. Minutes count in critical cases whether they involve heart attack or stroke victims, those involved in road traffic accidents, or premature babies.

"The Labour Health Minster has said following the most recent review that action will be taken to improve the service. I hope that action will be swift and effective. It is disgraceful that the service we have in this area is so poor.

"RCT is yet again lingering at the bottom of the table and it is simply not good enough"