James Crichton-Smith

Health Reporter, ITV Wales

James is the Health Reporter for ITV Wales. He covers all stories to do with the Welsh NHS, public health as well as social issues relating to health.

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Slight improvement in Welsh A and E waiting time figures

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The latest A+E waiting time figures for Wales are out today and how a slight improvement when compared to the same time last year.

For the whole of Wales, the percentage of patients being seen within four hours in February was 80%. Last year it was 77% for the same month.

In England, that figure in January stood at 85.1%.

It is worth remembering, though, that the Welsh Government target is for 95% of patients to be seen within 4 hours. This is something didn't happen for the whole of 2016.

Fewer people attended A+E departments in Wales in February 2017, compared to February 2016. This year, the total number was around 72,000, compared to around 78,000 the year before.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Hard working emergency department staff, as well as those delivering care to people in other parts of the urgent and emergency care system, have been under sustained pressure since the beginning of December.

“Careful joint planning between Local Health Boards, the Welsh Ambulance Service, Local Authorities and other key partners, coupled with an additional £50 million Welsh Government investment has largely helped to manage significant peaks in both the numbers and complexity of patients who access A&E services over the winter period.”

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