Powys politicians have called for the Welsh Government to step in over the Welshpool Air Ambulance closure.

Montgomeryshire politicians Russell George MS and Craig Williams MP have opposed the proposals since they were revealed in the County Times in the summer of 2022, asserting that any closures will lead to a poorer Air Ambulance service for Mid Wales

They are now calling for the Welsh Government to intervene. 

“From the time when plans to close air bases at Welshpool and Caernarfon were haphazardly leaked out in August 2022, the ensuing consultation and process has been incredibly poor. This is an issue of such importance to the people of Mid and North Wales,” said Mr George. 

“I have had conversations with the CEOs of health boards in the affected areas in recent weeks, to further emphasise the key points as to why they should reject the Commissioner’s recommendations.


"Even based on the analysis referred to in the Commissioner’s report, the small gains that are claimed to be made are very marginal.

“This is the wrong decision. I want to put my thanks on record to Powys Health Board and to Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board for rejecting these proposals. 

“I have asked to raise this a question in the Senedd, as I believe the Welsh Government should now intervene and these proposals should be called in for a decision by Welsh Government Ministers, following further debate in the Senedd.’’ 

This comes after it was confirmed that Welshpool’s Air Ambulance base will close after 2026, following a final vote today (April 23).

The NHS Wales Joint Commissioning Committee voted to accept recommendations to close Welshpool and Caernarfon’s Air Ambulance bases, to be merged into a new site located within North Wales.

“Like most of us in Montgomeryshire, I am devastated at this decision today that will result in the closure of Welshpool’s Air Ambulance base,” said Mr Williams.

“The last 18 months have caused unnecessary anxiety and frustration for the people of Montgomeryshire, over the future of a service they care passionately about.

“This decision will directly impact upon Mid Wales patients’ access to urgent medical treatment. Those who have voted in favour of the proposals have not considered the rural geography of our area, or that Montgomeryshire is larger in size than Greater London.

"All it takes is for one extreme weather event or road closure to severely impact the ability of Rapid Response Vehicles to reach patients in need.

“Although today’s decision is a blow, we must not consider this as a final defeat. Alongside Russell and local campaigners, we will now consider our next steps against these proposals - including any possibility of a formal legal challenge.”

The politicians have said that they now intend to meet with other local campaigns to discuss the next steps, as a formal legal challenge to what has been “a shambolic process” now has to be considered.