Welsh A&E waiting time target missed again
5:50pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
VALE MP Alun Cairns is concerned with the latest Accident & Emergency waiting time figures published recently.
The figures highlight that the Welsh Government’s target of 95 per cent of patients to be seen within four hours has been missed yet again.
Mr Cairns is particularly worried that waiting times in Cardiff and the Vale A&E departments were worse than the national average, with only 90.4 per cent of patients seen within four hours of arrival.
The Welsh Government’s target for 95 per cent of patients to be seen within four hours has not been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister nearly four years ago. Such shortcomings come amid a backdrop of health cuts here in Wales. England has protected its budgets.
Mr Cairns said: “Such long waiting times cause extreme distress and discomfort for patients, especially the elderly, young children and other vulnerable people, as well as for family and friends who may be accompanying them.
“Despite NHS staff’s tireless efforts to provide the best possible treatment for patients, Labour’s record-breaking cuts have put unprecedented pressure on the health services in Wales.
“Full A&E units do not only cause distress for patients; ambulances are prevented from discharging patients and in turn cannot respond to emergency calls immediately. It is no coincidence that ambulance response time targets have been missed for thirteen consecutive months in Wales.
“It is vital that the Welsh Government provides extra cash to the Welsh NHS to alleviate the devastating impact of Labour’s NHS cuts. This would help save patients such unbearable waits for treatment and provide Wales with the A&E service it deserves.”