Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds MS has today called for new action to ensure that A&E attendees are seen within the 4-hour target as new figures showed that a staggering 33.4% of attendees weren’t seen within the four-hour target time.
The data also shows that 14,281 patients in February spent more than 8 hours in A&E and 9,150 spent more than 12 hours in A&E.
Figures for February also showed that only 55% of red ambulance calls are being met within the target time across Wales. In some areas such as the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board it is as low as 46.9%.
Commenting Jane Dodds MS said:
“It is clear the Welsh NHS remains in crisis, with A&E services the worst affected.
“Our amazing NHS staff are doing everything they can, but patients are paying the price for policy failures.
"The Welsh Government should be taking urgent steps to boost local health services and GPs in order to reduce the massive amounts of pressure on A&E departments and the backlogs that are impacting the ambulance service.
“We need to see more services moved back into local communities, which used to act as a vital buffer zone for A&E services.
“I am also extremely concerned that Army support for the Welsh Ambulance Service is set to end before the close of winter. While I appreciate this is not the armed forces day job, now is not the time to be removing their support.
"The ambulance service is barely coping as things are and I would be extremely worried that removing the support of the Army before the end of winter could worsen the waiting time crisis across Wales.”