Responding to news that up to six ambulances were queuing up outside Ysbyty Glan Clwyd’s A&E department yesterday, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd said:
“This is an ongoing problem that’s a combination of a number of factors – difficulties accessing GPs can lead to more people opting to go straight to A&E. On top of that there are staff shortages in Emergency Departments and that causes delays. Hospitals have too many people who are fit to leave because there are also shortages of beds in the community, caused in part by the health board’s previous poor decision to close community hospitals.
“Put all these together and you have a recipe for disaster and the poor ambulance crews are stuck in the middle – unable to discharge patients at A&E because it’s full and unable to respond to calls in a timely fashion.
“We need to recruit more doctors and nurses to meet demand – a long-standing Plaid Cymru call – and we also need to have a joined-up approach to funding health and social care that ensures people move seamlessly from hospitals to community care.”