Wales politics

Valleys ambulances 'staying in Cardiff', MP claims

Image caption Ambulance trust bosses admit they must improve performance in Rhondda Cynon Taff

Ambulance response times in the south Wales valleys are suffering because crews taking patients to Cardiff stay to answer 999 calls in the city, an MP has claimed.

Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said ambulances from as far away as Monmouth were having to cover his area as a result.

Fewer than 30% of ambulances get to patients in Rhondda Cynon Taf within the eight minute target for 999 calls.

Ambulance trust bosses said they were "working hard" to improve things.

Mr Bryant asked for a six-month pilot in which all Rhondda ambulances would return to the valleys after delivering patients to hospitals in Cardiff.

Ambulance trust chief executive Tracy Myhill admitted response times in the area "fall well short", but a plan to ringfence resources on a test basis from April would help "to understand better how well matched our resources are to the demand in the area".

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