As a constituency Assembly Member much of Angela Burns’ post bag and email inbox relates to issues surrounding health.
In recent years the number of constituents contacting Angela about the Welsh Ambulance Service has increased and Angela has recently used her role as a member of Welsh Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee to question representatives of the Welsh Ambulance Service about their performance and service delivery.
The Committee heard from the Head of the Service about the average length of time waiting for an ambulance across Wales and how calls were given different levels of priorities.
Angela highlighted constituent cases which had seen patients waiting for many hours or sometimes over night for an ambulance to arrive as well as enquiring about the reasoning behind the setting of target arrival times.
Commenting following the meeting Angela said “I am deeply concerned about the consistently high numbers of ambulances failing to meet their target response times to reach patients. The situation is exasperated in rural areas where population centres are often more sparse and patients are often based further away from hospitals.
“It is important that we better understand the individual cases that ambulance users have experienced and I urge any reader who has recently experienced a delayed response or long wait for an ambulance to arrive to get in touch with me via firstname.lastname@example.org”