Ambulance response times fall to record low in Wales – but the politics of Wales ensures continuing denial

The WG  has rationed the money it gives to it’s Trust Boards, and is also rationing other services such as ambulance, mental health, continuing care, social care and support. If Wales went back to a Welsh Office we would all be less punished relative to England. But don’t be mistaken: England is in trouble as well, just not as much trouble – yet. The politics of Wales ensures continuing denial….

Chris Smyth reports in The Times 30th Jan 2015: Ambulance response times fall to record low in Wales 

Ambulance response times in Wales have reached record lows, according to figures which reopened a bitter political row over who is to blame for the problems facing the NHS.

Less than 43 per cent of Welsh high-priority calls got an ambulance within eight minutes in December, down from 51 per cent in November and well below the target of 65 per cent. In England, which has a target of 75 per cent, about 70 per cent of calls are reached within eight minutes.

David Cameron wielded the figures during Prime Minister’s Questions, blaming “catastrophic cuts and mismanagement” of the Welsh NHS by Labour. Ed Miliband accused Mr Cameron of a war on Wales and using the Welsh NHS “for political propaganda”.

Tracy Myhill, interim chief executive at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “We completely appreciate that this presents an unacceptable level of service delivery across the whole health and social care system.” She said there were “a number of mitigating factors”, arguing that “an ageing population and more people with long-term illnesses means that more people than ever before are relying on our ambulance service”.

Waiting times for diagnostic tests are also higher in Wales than in England, while claims from patients of mistreatment amounting to a “Welsh Mid Staffs” have fuelled Tory claims that the health service there is in crisis.

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Sam Tegeltija on 20th January 2015 reports in Walesonline: Figures produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners show North Rhondda has the highest percentage of GPs over the age of 55 in Wales

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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