Welsh Conservatives React to ‘Worst on Record’ Hospital Stats

Official Welsh Government statistics released today show that two hospitals in North Wales have achieved the worst accident and emergency performance for a Welsh hospital since records began.

Wrexham Maelor Hospital saw fewer than half its patients (49.7%) within the Welsh Government’s own 4-hour target time in August, while nearby Ysbyty Glan Clwyd had a rate of 52.9%.

The Welsh Labour Government’s target is to treat, transfer, and discharge 95% of its A&E patients across Wales within four hours. The target has not been met in ten years.

Both hospitals are managed by Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board which covers all of North Wales. The health board has been in special measures – and thus under direct Welsh Government control – for over three years after falling dramatically behind acceptable standards.

Since the beginning of the year, Wrexham and Glan Clwyd hospitals have been consistently the worst performing against the four-hour A&E target.

Commenting, Welsh Conservative and Shadow Health Secretary Angela Burns AM, said:

“Everybody knows that NHS staff across the country work tirelessly and passionately, but these shocking statistics clearly show that staff and patients are being let down by a complacent Welsh Labour Government.

“People in North Wales are sick to the back teeth of how they are being forgotten by the Welsh Government: having seen their health board in special measures for three years, it clearly demonstrates Welsh Labour let Betsi Cadwaladr UHB atrophy to a terrible state without noticing, or have failed to raise back up to acceptable standards in nearly 40 months.

“Having been an Assembly Member for over ten years, I have seen for myself the devastating corrosion of our health service in Wales under nearly two decades of Welsh Labour rule.

“It is vital we see actual improvements to these units in the hope that Welsh hospitals can catch up with those in England, so that the people of Wales are not disadvantaged by devolution.”