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A&E waits in Labour-run Welsh NHS get worse

Accident & Emergency waiting times in the Labour-run NHS got worse in September 2014, new figures published today show.

Just 86.3% of patients spent less than four hours waiting to be seen in Welsh A&E departments until admission, transfer or discharge.

Labour’s target is 95%, but this hasn’t been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister five years ago.

Welsh Labour Ministers also have a target that no patient will wait more than 12 hours for admission, transfer or discharge in A&E, but in September almost 1,500 patients were forced to wait at least that long.

Patients in North Wales face the longest waits as the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board was the worst performing of the seven health boards.

Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said, “After 15 years of successive Labour governments in Wales, patients are still waiting far too long to be seen in Accident & Emergency departments.

“Labour’s A&E waiting time targets haven’t been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister five years ago and the figures are actually getting worse.

“It is distressing that children, the elderly and other vulnerable patients are waiting in A&E for over four hours, and in some cases over 12 hours to be treated.

“There are major pressures in unscheduled care partly due to Labour’s legacy of record-breaking NHS budget cuts, which have placed intolerable pressure on hardworking frontline staff.

“As we head into the winter months Labour Ministers must get to grips with the problems in A&E to ensure that Welsh patients receive the treatment they need as speedily as possible to minimise discomfort and maximise a patient’s prospects for recovery.”