25,000 wait over 9 months for NHS appointments
Welsh Conservatives have condemned Labour government performance against waiting time targets, as new figures show over 25 thousand hospital appointments delayed for more than nine months.
In all - at the end of June - 439,629 patients were on a Labour managed NHS list, waiting to start treatment.
That’s almost double the figure as it stood when Carwyn Jones became Labour’s First Minister six years ago.
25,373 people had been waiting over 36 weeks. The target is zero.
The number of people waiting more than the maximum 8 weeks for specified diagnostic services stood at 15,758.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Health, Darren Millar AM, said:
“Overlong, unnecessary and potentially dangerous waits for 25 thousand too many.
“25 thousand sets of family and friends and 25 thousand stories of worry and delay.
“Labour’s Welsh NHS is mired in a waiting times ruin that shows no sign of ending.
“While the vulnerable suffer the most, Labour’s First Minister repeatedly dismisses the danger.
“Communities deserve an explanation from Carwyn Jones and a clear strategy for improvement.
“Patients and hardworking NHS staff are getting a raw deal and all continue to pay the price for Labour's record-breaking NHS budget cuts.”