Am­bu­lance new rat­ing wel­comed

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU -

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.”

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