Following a recent meeting with the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust in Cwmbran, local Assembly Member Nick Ramsay, made the most of the Assembly's Health Questions last week.
Nick applied pressure on the Welsh Government for greater cooperation between ambulance trusts on both sides of the Wales / England border. The Minister responded that “work is on-going to ensure those discussions are taken further with English Health Boards.”
Commenting on the exchange, Nick said: "In light of the Labour Assembly Governments 6% cuts to the budget for ambulance services across Wales I thought it was important that the Health Minister was pressured into committing to work more closely with neighbouring NHS trusts in the border counties of England.
“Additional help is clearly needed to cover busy periods and in areas where the eight minute response time is difficult or impossible to achieve. The Minister has got to ensure that she continues to put pressure on English Health Boards to ensure that the cover is there for Monmouthshire and other border counties should we need it.
“Our ambulance service call- takers on both sides of the border need to know that such help and support is available should it be required.
“I hope we see results from the Minister following this response rather than just the usual warm words."