It has been revealed that over 10,000 patients have been waiting for more than 36 weeks until the start of their NHS treatment; an increase of around 1,195 compared to the previous month.
The Welsh Government has a target that not a single person should wait longer than 36 weeks. Yet figures released today show that 10,123 waited longer than this, which is the highest figure in over a 25 month period.
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, commented:
"It is appalling that over ten thousand people have been forced to wait over 36 weeks until the start of their treatment.
"Waiting for the start of treatment is very stressful time for any patient. Reducing these long waiting periods has to be a priority for this Welsh Labour Government.
"As always, this complacent Welsh Labour Government will stick its head in the sand and pretend everything is okay. But the fact is that waiting lists are continuously growing. In fact, these figures are the worst they have been in over a 25 month period. It is shameful that the Welsh Government has allowed the situation to get this bad.
"The Welsh Labour Government is failing patients across Wales. Whether it is inadequate cancer care, poor ambulance response times or lengthy waiting times, the Welsh Labour Government is not offering a health service that patients in Wales need and deserve."