New colour-coded 999 ambulance call system starts

UK - A new system for dealing with 999 calls for ambulances in Wales has come into force.

United Kingdom (Wales ) - Emergency response time targets will be scrapped for all but life-threatening cases during a one-year trial.

Calls will now be graded and it is estimated 10% of the 420,000 ambulance emergencies a year will be coded "red" for the most critical.

Welsh Ambulance Service chief executive Tracy Myhill said the new system was based on clinical evidence.

"These changes are about putting our sickest patients first," she added.

Meeting the targets has been a long term problem for the Welsh Ambulance Service.

The latest figures out on Wednesday showed a drop in performance after seven successive months of improvement.

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