A petition has been started aiming to improve the current state of ambulance waiting times across North Wales.

Ellie Williams, sadly lost her Grandad following a road traffic collision in Johnstown last week. 

Ellie has set up a petition aiming to raise awareness about the struggles faced by emergency services in their day-to-day lives, which has recieved over 4,600 signatures.

A review taken in 2021 found that Wales had the longest waiting times of all ambulance services in England and Scotland. 

The Leader: The petition set up by Ellie Williams.The petition set up by Ellie Williams.

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Ellie said: "After losing my Grandad in such heart-breaking circumstances, I decided to start a petition. I am truly overwhelmed by the support we have received from people.

"Our NHS is on their knees, the amazing people who have given so much of their time up to train to help people in need, paramedics, nurses, doctors etc to look after and take care of people, and they are being prevented to do so because of the lack of funding from the government to be able to give these people the resources needed. 

"My petition is not an attack on these people, it is an attempt to raise awareness to the sheer lack of resources these people have to face each and every day when they go to work. 

"A change so desperately needs to happen and I want the people who have the authority to make this change happen to listen. Something needs to change."  

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The Welsh Ambulance Service had said that they were working to 'establish the full sequence of events' regarding the fatal collision in Johnstown. 

Ambulance waiting times in Wrexham have long been an issue, with concerns raised in a Scrutiny Comittee meeting last year.

The Leader: Jason Killens and Jo Whitehead. (Pics: WAST and BCUHB)Jason Killens and Jo Whitehead. (Pics: WAST and BCUHB)

In a joint statement, Jason Killens, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service and Jo Whitehead, Chief Executive of BCHUB, said: “In common with NHS providers across the UK, we are facing significant challenges across the whole health and social care system.

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“We are acutely aware of the impact that these challenges have on patients, particularly when we are unable to transfer them from ambulances in to our Emergency Departments, and release ambulance crews as swiftly as we would like.

“We understand people’s concern and frustration about delayed ambulance responses and long waits outside Emergency Departments, and we are deeply sorry for the added distress these cause our patients and their families.

“It falls well below the level of service we strive to provide."

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