Welsh Government has "discussed" unavailable ambulances with service
WALES'S Health Minister has "discussed" issues of police officers driving patients to hospital with the ambulance service, the Welsh Government has revealed.
A Freedom of Information request from the Welsh Conservatives showed South Wales Police had been called out to 30 medical emergencies because an ambulance was not available.
Thirteen of the patients were taken to hospital by police.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh Government said: "The Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has previously discussed this issue with the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and chief constables and steps are being taken to improve the co-ordination of emergency responses.
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"There are regular meetings between the chief officers which support close working between the blue light services."
South Wales Police's Acting Assistant Chief Constable Liane James said officers assisted the ambulance service when someone's life was at risk and urgent medical attention was required.
The Welsh Ambulance Service said it was working in partnership with police forces across Wales to reduce incidences where emergency colleagues were awaiting an ambulance response.