Commenting on today’s publication of figures showing that the Welsh Government’s ambulance response time target has been missed for the 12th consecutive month, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:
"The Welsh Government’s target of 65% of ambulances arriving at the scene of an immediately life-threatening incident within eight minutes is not very ambitious. The 65% target is lower than targets set in other UK nations and yet it has still been missed every month for a year.
"These latest figures make for worrying reading about the state of the Welsh NHS and how it is managing to cope with the over £800million cuts imposed by Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government.
"These damaging cuts, together with Labour’s plans to downgrade Accident & Emergency units forcing vulnerable patients to travel further to fewer treatment centres, threaten to make ambulance response time targets even more difficult to meet.
"I strongly urge the Welsh Government to accelerate the implementation of recommendations from the latest ambulance review and urgently reverse Labour’s record-breaking NHS cuts."