Worst ever November A&E performance for NHS Wales

Statistics released today show the percentage of Welsh Accident and Emergency patients seen within the four and twelve hour targets last month was smaller than in any other November on record.

Last month, only 80.1% of patients were seen within the four hour target in Wales. The Welsh Government-set target of 95% of patients being seen in that time has never been met since coming into operation in 2008.

The 12-hour target has never been met in November, with a record-low 95.7% being seen last month following year-on-year declines since records began in 2013. All patients are meant to be seen within 12 hours at A&E in Welsh hospitals.

Last month, NHS Wales recorded its worst ever 12-hour wait average for October, with nearly 4,000 patients facing long waits, the sixth highest number for any month since 2013.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB), which covers North Wales, has now recorded the lowest 4-hour rate for an individual health board for the last year and the worst 12-hour rate for the last three years. BCUHB has been in special measures since June 2015.

In August, Wrexham Maelor Hospital and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd achieved the worst accident and emergency performance for a Welsh hospital since records began.

Commenting on the figures, Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM, said:

“It’s good to hear that 6,000 fewer people went to A&E in November compared to the month before as it suggests there’s been progress in the use and provision of preventative services.

“But with these being the worst November stats on record, we have to ask why, then, things are still getting worse for those in A&E?

“The answer is a matter of governmental management: though it’s good to see the Welsh Government replicate the UK Government’s increased spending on health, this must be met with improved outcomes for patients or what is the point?

“We may have a new First Minister in Wales, but it’s the same old Welsh Labour Government that is running our NHS, and there is no sign of improvement on the horizon. Only a change of government can change Wales.”