ARGUS COMMENT: Anger over ambulance delay

WE FIND it difficult to believe that we are still featuring reports of people left waiting hours for ambulances.

But not a month seems to go by without us hearing of at least one such incident from some part of our patch.

Today we are carrying the story of 86-year-old Clarice Davies who had to wait almost three hours for an ambulance after falling while out at the Newbridge Memo.

Tragically, Mrs Davies died a few days after her fall.

Her son Garth Davies realises that his mother’s death was not a result of her lengthy wait for an ambulance last month after she died from complications after surgery.

But nonetheless, he is furious that his elderly mother did have to wait so long, mostly on the floor, cold and in severe pain.

And that is perfectly understandable.

Time and time again it seems the ambulance service in Wales just does not live up to expectations.

Once again, we reiterate it is not the frontline staff who are at fault, and once they arrived they carried out their job professionally.

But the system of how the service is managed is still not right after what must be years of debate and complaints.

Surely it is now time that our ambulance service was brought up to scratch. The Assembly Government needs to grasp this issue and get it sorted once and for all.

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1:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

davidcp says...

It is a shame, but we haven't got an ambulance each.
It is a shame, but we haven't got an ambulance each. davidcp
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3:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY says...

I waited over 2 hours for an ambulance after i had a serious fall outside in December and suffered not only from the injuries but also had hypothermia by the time an ambulance arrived then had to lie in a hospital bed for a week with a shattered hip until they had a long enough theater slot to be able to operate.
I waited over 2 hours for an ambulance after i had a serious fall outside in December and suffered not only from the injuries but also had hypothermia by the time an ambulance arrived then had to lie in a hospital bed for a week with a shattered hip until they had a long enough theater slot to be able to operate. SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY
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3:23pm Mon 7 Apr 14

davidcp says...

Perhaps we need to know:
How many ambulances cover Gwent at any one time; and
How many calls they get on the average day;
Which will show how many calls each deals with on average;
AND THEN
On the specific days these incidents occurred, the same data. Even that data won't show too much because the nature of incidents changes from when my mam fell down (initial ambulance in minutes, big one 20 minutes after being called from 20 miles away - happy with service, I was.) to a massive bump on the M4.

Then we can get an idea of the true situation, but still not be any better off when s**s law intervenes and they all get used up at one or two severe incidents.
Perhaps we need to know: How many ambulances cover Gwent at any one time; and How many calls they get on the average day; Which will show how many calls each deals with on average; AND THEN On the specific days these incidents occurred, the same data. Even that data won't show too much because the nature of incidents changes from when my mam fell down (initial ambulance in minutes, big one 20 minutes after being called from 20 miles away - happy with service, I was.) to a massive bump on the M4. Then we can get an idea of the true situation, but still not be any better off when s**s law intervenes and they all get used up at one or two severe incidents. davidcp
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5:08pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Crossbenchtory says...

This is symptomatic of the utter failure of the WAG, the Assembly in General and the devolution experiment as a whole. The NHS in Wales is a disaster but all Comrade Carwyn and his socialist cabal can do is carp on about attacks on Wales whenever anyone points out what a disgrace the NHS in Wales is.

We've been told for years that the powers that be "have learnt the lessons and are putting in place changes that will improve things" and yet, as the article points out, these failings are still occurring with monotonous regularity.

The three opposition parties are no better, I've not heard one of them come up with an alternative to Labour's disastrous mismanagement of the NHS (or any other devolved area for that matter). This tells me that the problem is devolution and the sooner we are done with this failed experiment the better.
This is symptomatic of the utter failure of the WAG, the Assembly in General and the devolution experiment as a whole. The NHS in Wales is a disaster but all Comrade Carwyn and his socialist cabal can do is carp on about attacks on Wales whenever anyone points out what a disgrace the NHS in Wales is. We've been told for years that the powers that be "have learnt the lessons and are putting in place changes that will improve things" and yet, as the article points out, these failings are still occurring with monotonous regularity. The three opposition parties are no better, I've not heard one of them come up with an alternative to Labour's disastrous mismanagement of the NHS (or any other devolved area for that matter). This tells me that the problem is devolution and the sooner we are done with this failed experiment the better. Crossbenchtory
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