The Welsh Liberal Democrats will use £2.5 million from a fine imposed on a bank for rigging the Libor rate to investment in Wales' air ambulance service.
This comes as part of wider Liberal Democrat plans to divide £50m, from the £227m fine levied on Deutsche Bank, equally between Britain’s 20 air ambulance trusts.
Air ambulances save hundreds of lives each year but rely almost solely on donations from the local community. This money could be used to buy an additional helicopter, provide 24/7 emergency, or upgrade helipads at hospitals – although it is up to local groups how they spend the cash.
The Wales Air Ambulance has three helicopters based in Caernarfon, Welshpool and Swansea. Operations run 7am – 9pm every day but the trust says it has a “vision to provide a 24-hour air ambulance operation”.
The annual report says: “future plans include extending the hours of service and night-flying, enhanced clinical skills and consultant-led support for the aircrew including a dedicated flight risk.”
Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate Mark Williams said:
“Wales' air ambulance saves lives and helps the emergency services deal with some of the most difficult incidents, in some of the most hazardous conditions.
“This money will give our local air ambulance trust the power to improve the incredible service they already offer our community, implementing the aims in their annual report to extend services and further support the services already given.'