Matt Smith: Wales Accident and Emergency waiting times are the worst on record – again.

Matt Smith Conservative campaigner and former Tory Welsh Assembly candidate shares concerns expressed by Shadow Health Minister Angela Burns AM. 

Shadow Health Minister says “This Welsh Labour Government has created this crisis, and can’t solve it.”

For the fourth consecutive month, A & E waiting times in Wales are the worst on record.

The figures for December 2019 show the worst-performing hospital is now Wrexham Maelor, which saw a little over half (52.2 percent) of patients within the four-hour target.

This is 10 percentage points down on its own figures for November 2019, and more than five percentage points worse than last month’s record low.

The next worse-performing hospitals are Ysbyty Glan Clwyd at 52.5 percent and Royal Gwent at 53 percent.

The troubled Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – which has been in special measures since June 2015 – is the worst-performing health board with just 66.8 percent of patients being seen within the critical four-hour period.

Some 6,656 patients were forced to wait more than 12 hours for treatment, a figure that the Welsh Labour Government was forced to acknowledge as the highest number on record.

Commenting, the Shadow Health Minister – Angela Burns AM/AC – said that the figures “… show a Welsh Labour Government unable to cope with this continuing crisis, and completely unable to find a solution”.

She added:

“These figures are disturbing. The Health Minister must announce what remedial action he is going to take, and a definite timeframe in which to deliver it.

“In those critical times when people attend A & E departments, they need the reassurance that they will be seen not ‘as soon as possible’, but within – and well within – the waiting periods set by this Welsh Labour Government and its Health Minister.”

“And let’s be clear: our hardworking NHS Wales staff are there to deliver the best care that they can, but they, too, are being let down by mismanagement at the top. It’s a credit to them that they manage to cope under such circumstances.

“This Welsh Labour administration created this crisis, and doesn’t seem that it can solve it.”

 

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Matt Smith is a Welsh Tory who has stood as a Conservative candidate for Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales. He was a Policy Analyst at Vote Leave. He writes for ConservativeHome and BrexitCentral. You can read more about Welsh politics at www.mattsmith.org.uk/news