LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has accused the Welsh Government of putting people’s eyesight at risk after recent statistics revealed a 233% hike in eye care treatment delays.
Figures for Wales showed that 5,701 people had been waiting more than 36 weeks for ophthalmology treatment at the end of July this year, compared to 2,343 twelve months ago and 1,709 in July 2013. Statistics for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board revealed that a staggering 1,157 people had waited over 36 weeks to start treatment.
Calling on the Welsh Government to take action to address the problem, Mr Ramsay said:
“These figures are shameful and extremely worrying for people with eye problems who are facing long delays in waiting for treatment. The Royal National Institute for the Blind has recently raised concerns over the serious capacity problems within eye clinics and warned that patients could be losing their sight while waiting for appointments and treatment.
“This cannot go on spiralling out of control – the Welsh Government must take heed of these warnings from the RNIB and act now to put an end to these long delays.”