Wrexham Maelor’s A&E department was the only one in Wales where a majority of patients waited more than four hours for treatment. 51% of patients attending Wrexham waited more than four hours compared with 77% across Wales in January. The next worst waiting time was in Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, where 45% waited more than four hours. (1)
Llyr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru AM for North Wales, said: “The long-term situation in Wrexham and Glan Clwyd’s A&E departments is dire. Staff are under huge pressures and clearly more support is needed. I look forward to hearing how the new chair of Betsi Cadwaladr intends to address this long-standing problem and have asked for an urgent meeting.”
Responding to the recent statistics on A&E in Wales, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Services, Helen Mary Jones AM said:
“These A&E figures are the worst January performance we have had in several years, with over a quarter of patients in major A-E units waiting more than the target time, and a staggering 5,292 patients waiting longer than 12 hours. The Health Minister can hardly claim things are going well as he did in a recent statement to the chamber. This level of poor performance simply does not happen in Scotland.
“These figures are completely unacceptable and demonstrate a serious lack of competence on the Welsh Government’s part. Winter happens every year – along with seasonal bugs and flus, and it can all be prepared and planned for.
“The real issue here is a lack of planning and taking adequate preventative measures to deal with the winter months. We need a real out of hours GP service, social care that works to care for people over winter, more community beds, and a clear plan to ensure hospital bed occupancy stays as safe levels so surges can be dealt with. These are all achievable and effective steps that would dramatically improve A&E figures.”