Welsh Conservatives today called on Labour’s First Minister to follow the UK Government’s lead and introduce a detailed plan to help the NHS deal with upcoming winter pressures.
A number of measures to reduce immediate and long-term pressures on emergency departments have been launched in England today.
In Wales, the Labour Government’s target for the number of patients waiting over four hours in A and E departments has not been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister nearly four years ago.
Figures obtained by Welsh Conservatives also recently revealed more than 2,000 people had waited over 24 hours in emergency departments in Wales over the last 12 months.
Ambulance response time targets for immediately life-threatening 999 calls have not been met for the last 14 months.
Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
“Yet again Wales is lagging behind.
“UK ministers have a clear and early plan to deal with winter pressures in England. Labour’s First Minister must explain why he lacks the same vision and action for Wales.
“It is here where problems in emergency departments are at their most severe, yet it is here where a plan remains glaringly absent.
“Winter pressures are unavoidable – but their impact on a Welsh NHS already at breaking point will be catastrophic.
“Labour’s record-breaking budget cuts continue to heap pressure on frontline staff and delays and missed targets are the norm.
“A strategy to deal with the challenges of the coming months is desperately needed and I urge the Labour government to support NHS staff and publish a detailed plan without further delay.”