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EMRTS Service Review December Update

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The NHS Wales Emergency Ambulance Services Committee has published the following update on the development of the NHS Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS Cymru) and Wales Air Ambulance Charity:

Dear key stakeholder,

I wanted to update you about the change to the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee (EASC) meeting agenda item about the EMRTS Service Review scheduled for 21 December. 

I have received a letter from Alyson Thomas, Chief Executive of Llais about the next steps of the EMRTS Service Review.

Llais is the independent statutory body, set up by the Welsh Government to give the people of Wales much more say in the planning and delivery of their health and social care services – locally, regionally and nationally.

The letter from Llais follows recent informal conversations that I have had with their Chief Executive and has now formally recommended that this Review is taken to a formal public consultation.

Llais’ recommendation will now be presented to the EASC for consideration, instead of the ‘preferred option recommendation’ that was initially planned for the Committee on 21 December.

After the EASC meeting, I expect to send a formal response to Llais on behalf of the Committee confirming the agreed EASC position and clarifying the adjusted timeline for the Review going forward.

I will continue to keep you updated following the EASC meeting through our Stakeholder Distribution list.  

As always, my sincere thanks for your continued interest on this matter.

Thank you

Best regards

Stephen Harrhy

Chief Ambulance Services Commissioner


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