New figures published today show the Welsh Labour Government missed both its latest four hour and 12 hour Accident & Emergency targets.
87.7% of patients spent less than four hours in A&E until admission, transfer or discharge in June 2014. The target is 95%. The target has not been met since Carwyn Jones became First Minister in 2009.
Nearly 1,000 patients waited over 12 hours in A&E in June. The target is zero.
Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said, “These latest missed targets are further evidence of an under-performing health service under Labour.
“For young children, the elderly and other ill patients, waiting more than four hours and even as long as 12 hours to be seen in Accident & Emergency is intolerable.
“Excessively long waits are distressing to patients and their families and can have a negative effect on their medical condition.
“Earlier this year to tackle long waiting times in A&E, the Welsh Labour Government introduced a new target that no patient should wait more than 12 hours, but in June nearly 1,000 patients waited that long.
“Labour has a target that 95% of A&E patients should be seen within four hours, but that hasn’t been met since Carwyn Jones became First Minister five years ago.
“Doctors, nurses and other frontline staff work tirelessly to deliver the best possible care for patients, but under Labour the NHS has been starved of resources and is reeling from the legacy of Labour’s record-breaking budget cuts.
“The crisis in Welsh A&E departments has knock-on effects on other parts of the NHS, preventing ambulances from transferring patients and delaying them from responding to other emergency calls.
“Labour Ministers must address the capacity issues in Welsh A&E departments, reverse their A&E closures and centralisation agenda and properly resource our NHS so staff can provide the level of care patients need.”