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Minister should resign over ambulance failures.

September 24, 2014 1:36 PM

Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager in RCT Karen Roberts says the NHS in Wales is in crisis and that is nowhere more evident than in the state of the ambulance service. As reported by the BBC targets across Wales have been missed yet again.

"Yet again the already unambitious target of 65% of emergency calls responded to in 8 minutes has been missed last month, and yet again RCT finds itself way behind.

"In August only 46.4% of ambulances managed to respond to category A emergency calls in RCT within the target time of 8 minutes. This during the summer months when there are none of the problems with icy roads and long hours of darkness. How much worse can we expect it to get?

"Nobody seems to be concerned. The local Labour politicians who were so keen to get their photos taken during the save the Royal Glamorgan campaign all seem to have gone quiet. The Minister for Health keeps promising improvement but has failed to deliver. If he was running a private enterprise the way he is running the Health Service he would have been shown the door months ago.

"The real worry is that if the plans to remove critical care services from the Royal Glamorgan go ahead then with the extra travel time involved these response times are going to become much worse and lives are going to be at risk.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats have fought against these proposals all the way and are still doing so. We are currently involved with the Save the Royal Glamorgan campaign team in trying to get a judicial review order. The whole system is a shambles and the idea that our NHS is safe in Labour hands is laughable."

Welsh Government Health Minister Mark Drakeford said in June that the service would be given three months to show improvement. Some investment has been announced in recent months, but this is expected to take some time to feed through. In September the GMB Union passed a vote of no confidence in the management of the service and voted in favour of industrial action.

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