A&E waiting time targets missed again

Commenting on the publication of the latest Accident & Emergency waiting time figures which show that the Welsh Government’s targets for the proportion of patients seen within four or eight hours have been missed again, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said:


"The Welsh Labour Government’s targets for the number of patients waiting over four or over eight hours have not been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister nearly four years ago.


"It is impossible to overstate the distress and discomfort caused to patients by waiting in a busy A&E department for over eight hours.  No patient should have to wait that long to be seen by a clinician.


"One in every seven patients attending A&E is now routinely waiting more than four hours to be seen. This is unacceptable and leads to ambulances queuing at hospital front doors, preventing them from responding to emergencies.


"Improving waiting times is going to prove even more challenging due to Labour’s record-breaking cuts to the Welsh NHS and their short-sighted proposals to close and downgrade A&E units, putting more pressure on A&E units, which are already operating at capacity.


"The Welsh Government must provide extra cash to increase inpatient bed capacity to relieve this problem with immediate effect."