A Freedom of Information request has revealed a patient suffering an ‘immediately life-threatening’ emergency had to wait over five hours for an ambulance to reach them.
The data for March 2018, sourced by the Welsh Conservatives, follows a previous release, which showed the shocking waits Welsh patients have had to endure.
The publication revealed a wait of over five hours occurred in Aneurin Bevan Health Board, while a further 16 ‘red-call’ patients had to wait 30-60 minutes across Wales, when the target is eight minutes.
Statistics for ‘amber-calls’ – which includes people suffering from strokes and heart attacks – were also startling, with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board recording one person waiting over 62 hours, and someone being forced to wait over 56 hours in Cardiff and the Vale Health Board.
These two health boards also recorded the longest waits for green calls too – 54.2 and 48.4 hours, respectively.
In March, 685 people waited over six hours for their ‘amber-call’ ambulance and 152 people had to wait over 12 hours for their ‘green-call’ ambulance to reach them.
Commenting on the figures, Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies, said the Labour Government was letting down paramedics and patients with a Minister who is more focused on getting signatures than managing the Welsh NHS.
“Once again we see a Labour Government letting down paramedics and patients with a Minister who is more focused on getting signatures for his run at the leadership than managing the Welsh NHS.
“The Health Secretary’s tenure has been defined by incompetence with an NHS which has gone backwards on his watch with ever increasing waiting lists, financial deficits and services now routinely at breaking point.
“While the Labour Health Secretary focuses his energies on his leadership bid, the people of Wales will rightly ask who is running our most treasured public service? Where is the long-term planning? Where is the proper funding?
“When there are patients waiting not just hours but days for an ambulance to reach them, enough is enough.
“Managing our NHS is not a part-time job and the people of Wales will not forget a Labour Party that focusses more on themselves rather than running our vital public services.”