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Ambulance trust is judged 'weak'

The Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (GWAS) has failed to meet its most urgent call-outs quickly enough, according to a new annual report.

The Care Quality Commission said GWAS, which covers Wiltshire, Bristol and part of Gloucestershire, got to 68% of Category A calls within eight minutes.

It was judged as weak for quality of services which includes patient safety, cleanliness and waiting times.

The trust was rated as fair for its financial arrangements and performance.

Overall it was rated as weak for the third-year running.

In judging this score the Commission looked at the trust's quality of financial management - how effectively it manages its financial resources, and quality of services - an aggregated score of performance against national standards, existing commitments and national priorities.

GWAS was also rated weak in 2007/8 and 2006/7 for quality of service.

In 2007/8 its quality of financial management was fair, and in 2006/7 it was judged to be weak.

Great Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust was created in April 2006 as a result of a merger between Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Ambulance Services.

Neighbouring South West Ambulance Service which covers most of Somerset was judged as the best in the country for response times.

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