MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has described the latest Welsh NHS waiting times statistics as “appalling”.
Recent figures reveal that one in seven people remain on a Welsh NHS waiting list and patients in Monmouthshire are facing longer waits for treatment than those over the border in England
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Ramsay said:
“Across Wales a total of 23,238 patients had waited more than 36 weeks for treatment at the end of February, compared to a little over 13,000 waiting more than 26 weeks at the end of the same month in England. In total 415,737 people are waiting to start treatment in Wales, while the number of people waiting more than eight weeks for specified diagnostic services in Wales rose over the month from 20,097 to 20,945. In England just 12,283 were waiting over six weeks.
“These figures are simply not acceptable. Targets in Wales are continually not being met and the Welsh Government’s cuts are hitting staff, patients and their families. It’s high time the Welsh Government Ministers addressed this very worrying issue.”