‘Trend of growing physiotherapy waiting list must be tackled’ – Kirsty Williams

February 9, 2012 2:41 PM

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has today expressed her dismay at a huge increase in the number of people waiting more than 14 weeks for certain types of specialist therapies on the Welsh NHS.

Figures released today show that the number of people waiting more than 14 weeks for specified therapy services rose over the month from 1,256 to 1,776. There was an overall increase of 450 patients waiting for Physiotherapy.

Kirsty Williams AM commented:

"We have seen a monthly increase since May this year of people waiting for therapy services on the NHS in Wales. The Welsh Labour Government's target is for no patients to be waiting more than 14 weeks. This target is being severely missed with over a thousand patients waiting longer.

"If we are to keep people well we need to make sure patients needing treatments such as Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy get timely access to treatment. We are currently seeing an upturn of around 450 patients waiting for Physiotherapy each month. I am increasingly worried about this trend. The Health Minister needs to get a grip on this situation to stop waiting times spiralling out of control."

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