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Update on Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Review

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The Board of Powys Teaching Health Board met on Thursday 11 April to discuss and consider updated recommendations from the NHS Wales Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service (EMRTS) Review.

The Board accepted the case for change and recognised the critical importance of addressing the level of unmet need identified by the review, and also to ensure that the proposed approach sufficiently addressed the concerns that had been raised by residents and stakeholders including by Llais, the Citizen Voice Body for health and care in Wales.

The Board agreed that further detail was needed in relation to Recommendation 4 and that they were not currently in a position to support the recommendations.

All seven health boards have met to consider the EMRTS review, and their respective views will be considered at a meeting in public of the NHS Wales Joint Commissioning Committee on 23 April 2024.

The JCC is the new national committee replacing the Emergency Ambulance Services Committee, Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee, and the National Collaborative Commissioning Unit from 1 April 2024.

The agenda and papers for the meeting of the Joint Commissioning Committee (JCC) will be available in advance of the meeting from the JCC website