Welsh Government announces £10.3 million investment in vehicles for ambulance service

The Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust is to receive 94 new vehicles as a result of a £10.3 million investment from the Welsh Government, it was announced today.

Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford, who made the announcement, said:

“The demand on the Welsh Ambulance Service is growing each year, which is why it’s vital we invest in the latest vehicles so the service can deliver the best care for people in Wales.”

According to Drakeford, the investment will enable the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust to upgrade its fleet. Among the vehicles to be purchased are 35 new emergency ambulances and 13 rapid response vehicles. Additionally, 10 patient care services vehicles capable of carrying stretchers, 32 patient care services vehicles capable of carrying wheelchairs, and four specialist vehicles are to be bought.

It is hoped the additional vehicles will ensure the most appropriate clinician is deployed in the most appropriate vehicle, allowing for the best possible treatment for patients.

The money was allocated to the ambulance service by Jane Hutt, the Minister for Finance and Government Business, as part of the Welsh Government’s Final budget for 2016–17.

The Welsh Government has invested nearly £45 million in new vehicles for the ambulance service since 2011.

Richard Lee, interim director of operations for the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said:

“Our ambulances and response cars in Wales are some of the most modern and well equipped in the UK and this funding will allow us to continue to replace our vehicles as they reach the end of their working life. We are very grateful to the Welsh Government for their continued support.”

Currently the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust has 706 vehicles in its fleet, covering an area of 8,000 square miles within Wales.

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