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Worst A&E waiting times since 2009

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

New figures have revealed that the proportion of people waiting over the four-hour waiting time target is the highest level since October 2009. It was found that only 81% of patients were treated within the national waiting time in December, whereas the target is 95%. The Welsh government said that an extra £40m funding would be needed to tackle the issue.

The Welsh Conservatives blamed Labour ministers in Cardiff for running the Welsh health service “into the ground”.  The Welsh government defended the figures, saying that it had had the highest number of attendances per day for any December since 2009. A total of 76,889 people went into A&E in December, compared to 75,049 in December 2014. The proportion of people treated within the four-hour target at Wales’ major hospitals was 77.2%.

65.5% seen within four-hour target

The hospital that had the best performance, according to the data, was Bronglais in Aberystwyth, where 90.7% people were seen within the target waiting time.  The lowest figure was seen at Wrexham’s Maelor hospital’s A&E department, where 65.5% of people were seen within four hours.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “We have announced an extra £40m to help the NHS deal with winter pressures. This means we have invested a further quarter of a billion pounds in the Welsh NHS in 2014-15 to continue to deliver high-quality, sustainable health services.

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