MP: Ambulance response times still need work

Wednesday 11th July 2007 10:00 pm
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IMPROVING: Ambulance times are getting better. ()

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MONMOUTH MP David Davies is pleased with statistics that show the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has recently improved but warns more work needs to be done.

Speaking following a meeting with Monmouthshire Local Health Board, the MP said, "While I am pleased the Ambulance Trust is clearly making progress in improving its performance, I still have substantial concerns as to the method in which it is achieving the goals it has been set.

"In the past, targets were met as a result of ambulances being stationed in major urban conurbations such as Newport. While this meant that targets were being met and many emergencies were being responded to quickly, rural areas such as Monmouthshire were losing out and are still having to wait an inordinate amount of time when an ambulance is called.

"In one shocking and unacceptable case, a lady was forced to wait in Trellech for four hours before an ambulance reached her- a lamentable fact.

"So, although there has seemingly been a slight improvement, there is still much work to be done to ensure that the rural areas of Monmouthshire have the same access to emergency transport as cities like Newport. I shall be continuing to monitor the situation and work to ensure that the service is equitable across the region."