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AM appalled by NHS waiting times

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.”

AM Calls for NHS Inquiry

MONMOUTH Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has backed calls for a Keogh–style public inquiry into the NHS in Wales.

Mr Ramsay has been contacted by a number of constituents concerned about waiting times for operations in Wales and also problems of accessing cross-border care.

Speaking today Nick said:

“The NHS in Wales is clearly experiencing major problems of capacity and funding at the current time, with waiting times for certain operations far exceeding those across the border. This is in spite of the hard work of many committed hospital staff. The current bureaucratic structure is not working.

“We need a full inquiry into the NHS and need to consider all options for rescuing the service from its current predicaments.”

MP CALLS TO STRIP WELSH GOVERNMENT OF NHS POWERS

CONTROL of the NHS in Wales should be taken away from the Welsh Government, Monmouth MP David Davies has said.

He made the call during a debate in the House of Commons on access to NHS services.

Comparing the different healthcare systems in England and Wales, Mr Davies condemned longer hospital waiting lists and lack of a cancer drugs fund in Wales.

“Ideally, I would like to see power taken away from the Welsh Government because it has simply made such a mess of the NHS in Wales,” said Mr Davies.

“Failing that, we should allow Welsh patients the right to be treated in England if they wish.

“We now have a situation where one in seven of the population in Wales is on a waiting list.

“I do not blame NHS staff.​ The fault lies squarely with the Welsh Government who have cut funding by 8% in real terms and politicised many of the health boards.”

David Davies MP is leading a parliamentary inquiry into cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales (see below)

David Davies MP is leading a parliamentary inquiry into cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales (see below)

During last Wednesday’s debate (15th October), Mr Davies highlighted poor ambulance response times, which are the worst in the UK, along with missed A&E targets since 2009.

He also questioned the Welsh Government’s commitment to cooperate with a major international report into the performance of the NHS in the four home nations.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) wants to undertake a comparative study and publish the results before next May’s general election.

“The coalition government are keen for that study to go ahead and are delighted with the opportunity to have themselves compared with Wales, and they should be,” said Mr Davies.

“But of course the reaction in the Welsh Assembly has been one of absolute horror.

“I am told by very reliable sources that the Welsh Government cancelled the visit by OECD officials because they were so desperate to try to ensure that no report comes out before the general election.”

As chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, Mr Davies is leading a parliamentary inquiry focusing on cross-border health arrangements between the English and Welsh healthcare systems.

The committee has launched a web forum for patients who rely on services on the other side of the border to share their experiences. It also wants to hear the views of medical professionals and social care practitioners.

The web forum is now live and will run until Monday 1st December 2014 on the Parliament website at www.parliament.uk/crossborder-healthcare.