Gwent ambulance response times worsen

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AMBULANCE response times got worse across Gwent in December as the service struggled to cope with extra demand.

There were 3,030 category A (immediately life threatening) calls across the five Gwent council areas during the month, according to the latest figures, more than 500 up on November.

The surge in demand also coincided with a run of extremely wet weather, which made road conditions difficult for emergency crews.

The December figures make sobering reading across Gwent, with category A response performance in Caerphilly county borough down by eight per cent on the November figure, to just 46.5 per cent. And the fall compared to the December 2011 figure is even bigger, at 8.8 per cent.

In Blaenau Gwent, category A response performance was down to 50.1 per cent from 57.9 per cent in November, with similar declines recorded in Newport and Monmouthshire.

Only in Torfaen did performance improve in December, but that was by less than one per cent, to 47.8 per cent.

The category A response time target for individual areas is 60 per cent within eight minutes.

The ambulance service in Wales is undergoing a root-and-branch review covering funding, organisation, standards and targets, and a gradual decline in performance which began late last summer is of particular concern to the review team headed by Siobhan McClelland, professor of health policy and economics at the University of Glamorgan.

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3:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

signal box says...

Yet again we read of a decline in response standards but yet again we will have a review which will have no teeth.
The South East Region of the Service imported North Wales managers to manage a Urban area when they originated from a Rural area that was also not performing and failed to improve standards then were returned to North Wales and promotion,
Why do the area managers no longer have to be Qualified Ambulance Staff (EMT's or Paramedic's) But membership of another organisation seems to be in order. The health minister must act now and remove the Square Pegs from the Round Holes and return the Ambulance Service to Ambulance Staff who understand the needs of the public.
Yet again we read of a decline in response standards but yet again we will have a review which will have no teeth. The South East Region of the Service imported North Wales managers to manage a Urban area when they originated from a Rural area that was also not performing and failed to improve standards then were returned to North Wales and promotion, Why do the area managers no longer have to be Qualified Ambulance Staff (EMT's or Paramedic's) But membership of another organisation seems to be in order. The health minister must act now and remove the Square Pegs from the Round Holes and return the Ambulance Service to Ambulance Staff who understand the needs of the public. signal box

11:28pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Informatics Man says...

So is Newport's population ready for when their A&E department moves to Llanfrechfa Grange in 2018. If there are no ambulances now and the largest proportion of people have to wait for an ambulance to come from Cwmbran then how much more time will this take?
So is Newport's population ready for when their A&E department moves to Llanfrechfa Grange in 2018. If there are no ambulances now and the largest proportion of people have to wait for an ambulance to come from Cwmbran then how much more time will this take? Informatics Man

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