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NHS waiting times tripled

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According to figures obtained by Plaid Cymru, the number of patients being forced to wait longer than 36 weeks to receive treatment through the NHS has tripled in the last four years alone. The data showed that the number of patients had risen from 7,434 in September 2011 to 25,373 in June 2015. Plaid Cymru’s shadow health spokeswoman, Elin Jones, described the findings as “disappointing” and “unacceptable”.

The report showed that the percentage of patients waiting a minimum of 26 weeks increased from 8.5% of all patients to 15.2%. The government said that half of patients, however, wait under 10 weeks.

“overall performance in the NHS is getting worse”

The largest increase in patients waiting longer than 36 weeks for treatment was found at Hywel Dda, which rose from 349 patients in September 2011 to 6,452 in June 2015. This was followed closely by Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, which saw an increase from 848 patients in 2011 to 5,467 in 2015. Cardiff and Vale saw an increase from 2,573 to 2,907, while Aneurin Bevan saw an increase from 511 to 3,713.

Ms Jones said: “These figures highlight that overall performance in the NHS is getting worse despite increases in the health budget. And the facts are that patients in Wales are waiting longer for treatment than in Scotland and England”.

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