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Statement in response to ambulance amber review implementation programme

Press release   •   Jun 05, 2019 09:29 BST

Responding to the Heath Minister’s announcement Carol Bott, Director of the Stroke Association in Wales said, “We welcome the Minister’s commitment to continue to work with us to ensure people who are having a stroke receive the right treatment, as quickly as possible.

“We’ve been calling for changes to the way ambulance response times are measured in Wales; to look at the care given from point of 999 call to receiving treatment in hospital, rather than just looking at the time it takes to get an ambulance to the scene. Until now progress has been slow in turning this measure into a reality, so we welcome the minister’s commitment to ensuring this is implemented by winter 2019/20.

“However we still believe that such a measure needs to be accompanied by a target response time, learning from the approach in England, to ensure that stroke patients in Wales get the fast and effective care they need.”


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