Wefan Gymraeg

Welsh Labour's A&E figures worst in over 5 years

Figures published today reveal that the Welsh Labour Government’s A&E waiting times figures are the worst of all the records available up to and including October 2009.

For the month of December, just 81% of patients spent less than four hours in Wales’ Accident & Emergency departments from arrival, until admission, transfer or discharge. This is despite a target of 95%.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

“When A&E figures in England were at 92% the Labour party in England called for an “emergency summit” and said the NHS was in a state of crisis. Yet here in Wales we are well behind hospitals in England, but Welsh Labour remains as complacent as ever.

“Anyone who read the letter from the A&E nurse, who compared working in a Welsh A&E to working in a war zone, would be moved by the dedication and commitment of our NHS staff but they are being held back by the Welsh Labour Government.

“What is clear to me is that the NHS is too big an issue to be left to one party. What we need is a cross-party and no-party commission, working with health professionals and patients, to look into the future of our NHS and how it can meet the severe challenges it faces in the future.”

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