Williams Concerned by Ambulance Figures

2010 Ionawr 8 4:44 PM

Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has expressed his concern after new figures revealed that Ceredigion had the lowest percentage of emergency ambulance responses within 8 minutes in Wales for November 2009.

In November, just 49.8% of calls within Ceredigion were answered within 8 minutes, down from around 60% in the summer, and from 55.5% from the corresponding month in 2008.

Despite the poor performance in Ceredigion, Hywel Dda LHB has reached the 60% target for LHBs because of improved performance in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, at 61.6% and 63.7%, up from 50.6% and 59.1% from November 2008.

Mark Williams has written to the Welsh Ambulance Trust requesting a meeting to discuss the service in light of the figures.

Commenting, Mark Williams said:

"There has been a worrying deterioration of the service in Ceredigion, and I am extremely concerned that we appear to be going backwards.

"While other authority areas have seen some improvement, Ceredigion is now the worst performing area in Wales.

"The Welsh Ambulance Trust is saddled with £40 million worth of debt, which is going to make it hard to make sustained improvements to the service across Wales.

"Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire seem to be seeing improvements in the service, so it is a particular concern that Ceredigion seems to be being left behind.

"The Welsh Assembly Government should write off the debt, as they have done with other health boards, but we also need to know why Ceredigion is faring so poorly when it comes to ambulance response times, which is why I have requested a meeting to discuss the figures."

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