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Announcement of Additional Funding to the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

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Brian Gibbons, Minister for Health and Social Services
During my visit to Llangefni Ambulance Station tomorrow morning  I will be formally announcing a £16 million capital funding boost for the Welsh Ambulance Service to replace emergency vehicles.  The funding will be used to purchase 119 new Emergency Ambulances and 67 Patient Care Services Vehicles during 2006/07.

The Ambulance Trust is now working through a Modernisation Plan which is about ensuring that the Trust has the most appropriate infrastructure, equipment and logistic support to ensure effective service delivery.  This will ensure that the men and women who provide this important service are supported by a modern organisation and that performance

Ensuring the ambulance service has state-of-the art modern equipment is essential if patients are to receive the service they need.  This funding is part of the Assembly Government’s capital investment programme which will reach £309m in 2007-08.  This funding is ensuring that equipment and buildings in the Welsh NHS are brought into the 21st service.

The Welsh Ambulance Services NHST Trust (WAST) is responsible for the provision of emergency response and non emergency ambulance transport throughout Wales.  WAST currently operates 250 emergency and 235 non emergency ambulances, 40 emergency response cars and 47 support vehicles.  Currently 51% of these vehicles are leased with the remainder being owned by the Trust.  

The business case requesting capital investment funding of £12.3 million in 2006/07 and £4.01 million in 2007/08 was approved by Capital Investment Board on 29th September 2006.