The Party of Wales responds to NHS waiting time figures

Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 09:50
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Commenting on the publication of the NHS Referral to treatment waiting times figures, which reveal that in neither the 26 nor 36 week targets were met on an all-Wales basis in July 2012, Plaid Cymru's Shadow Minister for Health Elin Jones:

"It is unfortunate that these targets have been missed again. Between July 2011 and July 2012, not once was the all-Wales target for waiting times met, meaning that patients across Wales are being forced to wait excessively for the treatment that they need. What is particularly concerning is that all but two health boards missed the targets in July, which doesn't bode well for the winter months when the NHS faces greater pressure. These poor performance figures must serve as a warning for the Welsh Government that action must be taken now to avoid greater failure in the winter.

"A Plaid Cymru government would make tackling poor waiting times a priority. We would increase the overall capacity of the NHS in order to treat patients sooner, and would improve management systems so that the journey from diagnosis to treatment is not held up in a bureaucratic process. Because poor management of chronic diseases is to blame for much of the demand on A&E services, Plaid Cymru would work to ensure better management of these conditions and allow our doctors and nurses to get on with the job in hand."

Source: ©Plaid Cymru

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