AM condemns latest hospital waiting times figures

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has described the latest Welsh NHS waiting times statistics as “appalling”.

Recent figures for Wales reveal that at the end of June over 25,000 hospital appointments were delayed for more than nine months, with a staggering 25,373 people waiting over 36 weeks for treatment – the target is zero.

Figures relating to the Aneurin Bevan Health Board reveal that a total of 7,298 people were waiting between 26 – 36 weeks for treatment, while 3,323 were waiting over 36 weeks.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Ramsay said:

“It is simply not acceptable that people, who are often in severe pain, are having to wait so long for treatment. It is not fair on them or their families and friends.  One of my constituents is among the 1,786 people who has been waiting over 36 weeks for orthopaedic surgery. She has been in considerable pain and distress while waiting for news of her operation.

“These latest statistics are proof that the Welsh Government’s NHS cuts are putting immense pressure on  hard working frontline staff, while patients and their families are suffering by having to wait so long.

“I will continue to keep up the pressure on the Welsh Government to address this worrying issue – it is imperative that a clear strategy for improvement is put in place.”

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