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Kirsty Williams responds to Welsh Ambulance changes

2013 Gorffenaf 9 5:11 PM

Commenting on the Welsh Governments response to the Welsh Ambulance review by Dr McClelland, Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Lib Dems, said:

"It goes without saying that big changes are needed to the Welsh Ambulance Service. We have just seen 12 consecutive months where the Welsh Labour Government's unambitious targets on urgent responses have been missed.

"Sadly after 8 Welsh Government reviews in 6 years the service seemed to be heading in the wrong direction. Paramedics are doing the best they can and are working incredibly hard but they are stuck in a system that is failing.

"Some of these proposals are very sensible. I support the move to a more clinical service with a more clinical set of targets. Clinically proven targets are already in place in England and are working well so I hope the minister will use those targets rather than go through the drawn out process of trying to make his own. This would speed up the process and retain our ability to compare our performance against other nations.

"The time for reviews is over, this 9th review will, hopefully, be the last and people in Wales will finally get the Ambulance service they deserve."