Another ‘inevitable’ rise in NHS waiting time delays has been published by the Labour Government.
Figures released today show the number of patients waiting more than nine months for a hospital appointment rose in June, from 15,498 to 16,400.
The government’s own target is that no-one wait this long.
The total number of people on an NHS waiting list now stands at 435,116. That’s a rise of over 200,000 since Carwyn Jones took up his position as First Minister in 2009.
The number of people waiting more than eight weeks for specified diagnostic services fell slightly in June, to 22,717.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
“The inevitable monthly rise in long NHS delays has arrived and with it more evidence that Labour’s failed management of our health service simply isn’t improving.
“No-one should have to wait more than nine months for a hospital appointment, yet still thousands upon thousands are burdened with that misfortune.
“Behind every single statistic is a story that shouldn’t exist and a patient that has been let down by Labour.
“Hard-working NHS staff show determination and commitment day-in day-out. In return – Labour ministers’ legacy of record-breaking budget cuts continues to heap on untold pressure on them.
“Labour-run NHS waiting times are still teetering on the brink. Again I urge the minister to make a commitment to improve them.”