More people than ever are now on an NHS waiting list in Wales.
At the end of April, a total of 424,009 were waiting for their start of their treatment, compared to 220,000 when Carwyn Jones took up his role as Labour First Minister in 2009.
This figure has never been higher.
More than 12,700 patients had been waiting over nine months for their first hospital appointment. That’s a jump of almost 2,000 on the previous month, despite Welsh Government promises of improvement.
No-one is expected to wait over 36 weeks for treatment.
The number of people waiting more than 8 weeks for ‘specified diagnostic services’ also rose over the month from 22,897 to 23,864.
Welsh Conservatives – who have long highlighted unacceptable NHS waiting times – will lead a debate on the issue in the Senedd next Wednesday.
Commenting on today’s figures – Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
"Labour has been running the Welsh NHS for over 15 years now - but they are running it into the ground.
"Waiting times are unacceptably high and have been teetering on the brink for too long.
"Slight improvements and Labour pats on the back are almost always followed by dramatic decline and Labour silence.
"The tragic truth is this: behind every single statistic is a patient who has been let down by Welsh Labour Ministers and left stranded on ever-increasing waiting lists.
"No-one should have to wait this long for diagnosis and treatment - particularly the elderly and vulnerable – yet month after month thousands are made to do just that.
"Labour’s only answer is to scrap targets and squirm away from scrutiny.
"It is their record-breaking budget cuts that have heaped untold pressure on frontline services and it is they who should provide hard-pressed patients and hardworking staff with the support they deserve."