Performance against new targets for emergency ambulance call-outs continues to rise in Wales.
The Welsh Ambulance Service responded to 75.5% of calls for people with an immediately life-threatening illness or injury, known as red calls, within eight minutes in May, significantly exceeding the target of 65%. This compared to 71.1% in the previous month. The further improvement in May came despite a 5.4% increase in the daily average number of calls compared to April.
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport, Vaughan Gething said,
“The Welsh Ambulance Service has exceeded the target of 65% of calls within eight minutes for the eighth month in a row, despite steadily rising demand.
“Half of those who needed an immediate emergency response received one in less than five minutes, and all areas of Wales improved performance on April despite the increased activity.
“I want to thank Welsh Ambulance Service staff, as more people are getting the urgent attention they need quickly.”