“Worst ever” A&E waiting times in Wales

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Poor winter performances within Welsh A&E and ambulance services continue after the most recent figures showed only 72.1% of patients were seen within 4 hours compared to a target of 95%. At Ysbyty Glan Clwyd (pictured) and Royal Gwent Hospitals, the rate was close to 50%.

The Welsh Ambulance Service recorded a 23% increase in life-threatening “red” category 999 calls.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine said: “We need to assess ongoing health and social care needs both in hospitals and in the community. Without adequate health and social care resources and the consequential effect upon the unscheduled care system, this will inevitably result in A&E Department crowding which has, in turn, resulted in an increase in patients waiting outside A&E.”

Earlier this month, Health Minister, Vaughan Gething (Lab, Cardiff S. & Penarth) announced an additional £10million to deal with winter pressures on top of £30million announced in 2019.