Ambulance new rating welcomed
UNION bosses have welcomed a change in the way the Welsh Ambulance Service is rated by the Welsh Government.
As of yesterday, paramedics are measured on the quality of care and treatment they provide, not on how fast they can drive to a patient.
The government’s original eightminute response time target will be remain for only the most life-threatened patients.
Darron Dupre, Unison’s Ambulance lead in Wales said: “UNISON warmly welcomes the start of the new clinical response model pilot in Wales this week. It is a pilot that we have publicly campaigned for, for many years.
“We understand only too well that there will be some concern about removing response time targets when the targets are not being met. But those time based targets only ever measured how fast an ambulance was driven and paid no attention to the quality of care provided.
“For those with the most immediately life-threatening problems, around 150 calls a day across Wales, then the eight-minute response targets will rightly remain, because time as well as highly specialised care is key.
“And for everyone else there will be a response based on their personal clinical need.”