Why does the Charity want to remain independent? The Wales Air Ambulance Charity believes that it is in the best interests of Wales to have an air ambulance operation that works in medical partnership with the NHS but is independent in its income generation and decision-making. This independence, outside of the pressures and constraints of public sector funding, allows the Charity to focus on its core services, continually monitor and effectively adapt to the critical care needs of Wales in a timely manner, while maintaining a consistently high standard of care. The third sector and public sector partnership adopted in Wales is a model that has proven benefits for patients and their families, as well as for the NHS. This rationale for remaining independent is shared by all air ambulance charities across the UK.