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  • "Wow, I hope I can get all these free things. Cause obviously they will need to change names on the ambulances, documents, Uniforms, equipment, contracts, bank accounts, buildings etc. Obviously this will be free seeing as there is no money left for ambulances. What a great idea. That way next year when figures come out they will be great as the new service (which seems the same but isn't) won't have las year to compare with as its new.

    Why not concentrate on the staff being supported and placed where they need to be and give extra cash to hospitals to off load people quickly at A&E. Charge the ones wasting the service such as drunks or OD on drugs and let the staff save lives"
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Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name

Free Press Series: Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name

THE word 'ambulance' is set to disappear from the new title of the NHS trust that provides emergency ambulance services in Wales, if Welsh Government proposals are approved.

The Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust will be renamed the Welsh Emergency and Clinical Services NHS Trust, subject to a newly-launched consultation exercise that will end on February 13.

A name change was among proposals made as a result of a wide-ranging review of the service in Wales earlier this year, triggered by deteriorating performance figures.

It is intended, according to a report accompanying the proposals out for consutlation, to reflect the clinical and emergency services the Welsh Government wants it to deliver to the people of Wales.

Also being consulted upon is a proposal to relieve the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee of its function of planning and securing the provision of emergency ambulance services.

There is also a plan that will require health boards to work together to form a joint committee, to be known as the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee, for the purposes of planning and securing the provision of such services on a joint basis.

The committee would comprise health board chief executives and a chief ambulance services commissioner, to be employed by the health board - Cwm Taf - that will 'host' it.

The aim of providing a robust ambulance service for the whole of Wales is a key thread running through the consultation document, which can be found, along with a response form, at

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