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  • "The proportion of ambulances responding to the most serious and life-threatening calls within the eight minute target has fallen again, according to new figures.

    Statistics released this morning show that 57.6% of emergency responses to Category A (immediately life-threatening) calls arrived at the scene within eight minutes in December – down from 63.2% in November 2013 – and below the target of 65%.

    Unfortunately the Ambulance Service has been in a dire mess for sometime and in my opinion can't get any worse - it is at rock bottom. The only way is up now and Mr Giannasi may well be in the right place at the right time to live of any praise that might come along. Getting these posts is all about being in the right place at the right time and about who you know to pull a few strings. Then when things can only get better, because they can't get any worse, you convince the public that it was all your doing. Then you move on to another lucrative post. These people live in a different world to us with the except that they get to spend our taxes whereas we have ours taken by HMRC."
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Ex-Gwent police chief lands ambulance role

NEW ROLE: Former Gwent police chief constable Mick Giannasi has been appointed chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

NEW ROLE: Former Gwent police chief constable Mick Giannasi has been appointed chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

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FORMER chief constable of Gwent Mick Giannasi has been appointed chairman of the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.

Mr Giannasi retired from Gwent’s top police post in April 2011 after a 31-year career during which he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his outstanding contribution to policing.

He has been appointed to the £59,760-a-year ambulance trust post until March 31, 2016. Most recently Mr Giannasi, who was chief constable in Gwent for three years, has acted as a commissioner for the Isle of Anglesey county council, an appointment made by the Welsh Government after it intervened in the running of the authority.

Health minister Professor Mark Drakeford said: “Mick’s experience will help us to lead the organisation through a period of very significant change, including full implementation of the output of the McClelland Review.”

Mr Giannasi joins the trust as it prepares for a fundamental change of role, through a series of changes recommended in the report of the McClelland Review.

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