Ambulance response times worse than a year ago

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EMERGENCY ambulance response times performance across Gwent for July was worse than during the same month last year, despite more recent monthly improvements.

Overall, in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area during July, just 52.5 per cent of category A emergency calls had an ambulance or Rapid Response Vehicle on the scene inside the standard minutes.

That is 7.2 percentage points lower than in July 2013, and although there were 111 more occasions this July than last when a category A call received a response at the scene - 2,699 in total - 126 fewer calls (1,410) were reaching inside eight minutes.

In Gwent, emergency response times improved in all five council areas compared to June.

But against the July 2013 figures, performance was down 9.9 percentage points in Monmouthshire (the biggest year on year fall in Wales), 7.4 percentage points in Newport, 6.8 percentage points in Caerphilly, 6.6 percentage points in Torfaen, and 4.4 percentage points in Blaenau Gwent.

Only in Newport (62.1 per cent) was the 60 per cent council area target for responses inside eight minutes met in July.

Wales-wide, the 65 per cent target for eight-minutes responses was missed again, at 58.7 per cent, but there was improvement on this year’s May and June performance.

The latest figures were issued the day following an announcement of almost £4 million of Welsh Government investment in new ambulances and other response vehicles, and just as the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust rolls out a scheme whereby patients assessed as being lower priority will be encouraged to find alternative transport to hospital.

William Graham, Conservative AM for South Wales East, again called for action to address the matter of poor response times.

Alluding to the new investment, he said: “I appreciate the requirement to upgrade our ambulances, but this is of little consequence if our ambulances are stranded for hours outside our A&E departments.”

Welsh Liberal Democrats leader Kirsty Williams said upgrading the ambulance fleet is a start but is concerned it might just be papering over the cracks of a service that is failing the people of Wales.

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9:19am Thu 28 Aug 14

Dipole says...

And instead of trying to find solutions that may work and improve patient care the management are running round trying to save their own skins with things that were tried 6_7 years ago and didn't work and trying to beat their workers into submission. Instead of acknowledging to WAG that the ambulance service is desperately short of staff they prefer to blame staf for not changing to Rotas which give no home life , blame staff for wanting to have a meal in a quiet area (for the only break in 12 hours) . blame staff for not wanting to work overtime. In fact blame staff for everything that's wrong instead of accepting the service needs bums on seats. There has been this big fuss about new vehicles but they are NP good with no one to man them
And instead of trying to find solutions that may work and improve patient care the management are running round trying to save their own skins with things that were tried 6_7 years ago and didn't work and trying to beat their workers into submission. Instead of acknowledging to WAG that the ambulance service is desperately short of staff they prefer to blame staf for not changing to Rotas which give no home life , blame staff for wanting to have a meal in a quiet area (for the only break in 12 hours) . blame staff for not wanting to work overtime. In fact blame staff for everything that's wrong instead of accepting the service needs bums on seats. There has been this big fuss about new vehicles but they are NP good with no one to man them Dipole
  • Score: 6

6:44pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Aquarius says...

And they need to order new vehicles because the existing ones are getting hammered (as are the crews staffing them) from travelling ludicrous distances to emergency calls because of big gaps in emergency cover.

I'm sure the senior execs and probably the board too will get fired eventually. Everyone knows they're no good. Sadly I think its gone on for so long now that it's not fixable.
And they need to order new vehicles because the existing ones are getting hammered (as are the crews staffing them) from travelling ludicrous distances to emergency calls because of big gaps in emergency cover. I'm sure the senior execs and probably the board too will get fired eventually. Everyone knows they're no good. Sadly I think its gone on for so long now that it's not fixable. Aquarius
  • Score: 3

4:30pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Dipole says...

Liable to get worse ,was in royal Gwent casualty yesterday evening and the ambulance crews were queuing around the corridors and heard an ambulance crew discussing the fact that the hospital are now going to lock one of the sets of doors to keep ambulances and patients out of the way whilst queuing
Liable to get worse ,was in royal Gwent casualty yesterday evening and the ambulance crews were queuing around the corridors and heard an ambulance crew discussing the fact that the hospital are now going to lock one of the sets of doors to keep ambulances and patients out of the way whilst queuing Dipole
  • Score: 0
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