Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name

Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name

Word 'ambulance' dropped from 999 service name

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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 www.wales.gov.uk

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12:53pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Vox Dei says...

If in doubt, reorganise and give things new names. It's worked well in local government, policing, healthcare, &c. since 1974, hasn't it? (extreme sarcasm)
If in doubt, reorganise and give things new names. It's worked well in local government, policing, healthcare, &c. since 1974, hasn't it? (extreme sarcasm) Vox Dei
  • Score: 10

1:18pm Fri 20 Dec 13

signal box says...

Yet again another white wash to cover up serious failings. Why don't they remove the square pegs running the service and replace them with Qualified Ambulance Officers.
Yet again another white wash to cover up serious failings. Why don't they remove the square pegs running the service and replace them with Qualified Ambulance Officers. signal box
  • Score: 9

1:30pm Fri 20 Dec 13

schen1_1 says...

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
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 schen1_1
  • Score: 8

3:19pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Bobevans says...

What a compete and total waste of money and dropping Ambulance from the name is even dafter

How many re-organisation have we had so far? It is almost an annual event. The one consistent thing is the service gets ever worse
What a compete and total waste of money and dropping Ambulance from the name is even dafter How many re-organisation have we had so far? It is almost an annual event. The one consistent thing is the service gets ever worse Bobevans
  • Score: 7

3:25pm Fri 20 Dec 13

Llanmartinangel says...

The ever more barmy world of Welsh politics.
The ever more barmy world of Welsh politics. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 7

8:34am Sat 21 Dec 13

varteg1 says...

999.....


Which service do you require Sir?

Ambulance,


Sorry Sir can you repeat that, I did not recognise it...

Ambulance...


Sorry Sir we do not have an ambulance service, is there anything else we can contact for you. police, Fire, or would you prefer Welsh Emergency and Clinical Services NHS Trust,


Oh sod it, she's now dead so I don't need anyone.
999..... Which service do you require Sir? Ambulance, Sorry Sir can you repeat that, I did not recognise it... Ambulance... Sorry Sir we do not have an ambulance service, is there anything else we can contact for you. police, Fire, or would you prefer Welsh Emergency and Clinical Services NHS Trust, Oh sod it, she's now dead so I don't need anyone. varteg1
  • Score: 0

7:27pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Radio Wales says...

Why do these imbeciles think a name change will fix their broken services? Is it that they believe we are dim enough to think a new name will mean a shiny new service?

What we need is an improved service. We don't need a new name because the existing name isn't broken, just the service is broke and the people running it are more concerned about their image than our health. Spend the money on the service.

Fix the service and call it what it is. When people need an ambulance, they call for an ambulance. Does this need explaining to these clever people?

P.S. Thinking this through, it doesn't really matter what they are called if they don't come when you need them. Their name will always be Mud.
Why do these imbeciles think a name change will fix their broken services? Is it that they believe we are dim enough to think a new name will mean a shiny new service? What we need is an improved service. We don't need a new name because the existing name isn't broken, just the service is broke and the people running it are more concerned about their image than our health. Spend the money on the service. Fix the service and call it what it is. When people need an ambulance, they call for an ambulance. Does this need explaining to these clever people? P.S. Thinking this through, it doesn't really matter what they are called if they don't come when you need them. Their name will always be Mud. Radio Wales
  • Score: 0

12:48pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Aquarius says...

The minister wanted a name that more accurately reflected what the Ambulance Service actually did these days. As if that in itself will sort out the problems or even go part of the way to solving them!

I feel sorry for staff on ambulance stations and in the Control Centres who instead of answering the telephone by saying: "Welsh Ambulance Service can I help you?", will now have the mouthful of saying "Welsh Emergency and Clinical Services NHS Trust, can I help you?" (And of course the WAG and Ambulance Managers will insist on them repeating it in Welsh...)
The minister wanted a name that more accurately reflected what the Ambulance Service actually did these days. As if that in itself will sort out the problems or even go part of the way to solving them! I feel sorry for staff on ambulance stations and in the Control Centres who instead of answering the telephone by saying: "Welsh Ambulance Service can I help you?", will now have the mouthful of saying "Welsh Emergency and Clinical Services NHS Trust, can I help you?" (And of course the WAG and Ambulance Managers will insist on them repeating it in Welsh...) Aquarius
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Sun 22 Dec 13

signal box says...

Well said Aquarius it's a great pity that the Minister does not have the bottle to sort out the real problems of an under funded under staffed and over worked service, Several Minister's have failed to sort the problem out but allowing Ex Police Officers Ex I.T. Staff and Unqualified staff to run the Welsh Ambulance Service is crazy, why don't they amalgamate the Fire & Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service then we might get a good response to Emergency Calls.
Well said Aquarius it's a great pity that the Minister does not have the bottle to sort out the real problems of an under funded under staffed and over worked service, Several Minister's have failed to sort the problem out but allowing Ex Police Officers Ex I.T. Staff and Unqualified staff to run the Welsh Ambulance Service is crazy, why don't they amalgamate the Fire & Rescue Service and the Ambulance Service then we might get a good response to Emergency Calls. signal box
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Aquarius says...

I just think it is a truly AWFUL name. Whoever came up with that should be chained to a fence and then made to wait an hour or two for an ambulance.

Oh. hang on a second.....
I just think it is a truly AWFUL name. Whoever came up with that should be chained to a fence and then made to wait an hour or two for an ambulance. Oh. hang on a second..... Aquarius
  • Score: 0

6:03am Mon 30 Dec 13

signal box says...

The Welsh Ambulance Service should under the Freedom of Information Act publish the number of operational Ambulance Crews that were on duty on day shift & night shift in each operational area of South East Wales for each day over the holiday period with an explanation as to why the staffing level was so low.
The Welsh Ambulance Service should under the Freedom of Information Act publish the number of operational Ambulance Crews that were on duty on day shift & night shift in each operational area of South East Wales for each day over the holiday period with an explanation as to why the staffing level was so low. signal box
  • Score: 0

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