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Plaid Cymru has responded to clinicians's claims that A&E services in the Welsh NHS are at ‘meltdown point’, claiming that they're a sign of deep-rooted problems that the new Health Minister needs to tackle urgently.
Plaid Cymru's also called for Health Boards to be made directly accountable to the Assembly Health Committee for their spending, so that a system of regular monitoring can be established.
The Shadow Health Minister, Darren Millar says that the NHS in Wales "is on life support and in desperate need of a cash transfusion."
The Conservative AM says that the situation in A&E units in Wales "cannot continue in the way that it is without lives being lost."
His comments come following an open letter from a number of consultants to the Health Minister warning of a 'meltdown' at A&E units in Wales.
Darren Millar said a push by health boards in Wales to balance their budgets by the end of the financial year was putting added pressure on services.
The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats says that an open letter sent to the new Health Minister warning of a 'meltdown' in A&E units shows "there are real problems."
Kirsty Williams says that "this letter should not come as a shock to the new minister, increasingly constituents are telling me of similar problems they are having at A&E departments."
"Last month I experienced these problems first hand when visiting an Accident and Emergency with a family member."
The Welsh Government say that the new Health Minister's priorities is to ease pressures 'on unscheduled healthcare.'
A letter from doctors to the Health Minister warning of overcrowding at A&E units in Wales says there have been many experience of "real harm in our overwhelmed departments"
It highlights a number of examples of patients left waiting for to be treated at A&E units.
- A patient with chest pain having a cardiac arrest whilst being seen in the eye examination room (as there was no room in the resuscitation bay)
- No space in the resuscitation bay to accommodate a baby having a severe seizure
- Waits for a ward bed of 24-36 hours are now common, and at least one patient spent a full 3 days in a Welsh Emergency Department.
ITV News has seen a letter sent from a number of doctors to the Health Minister warning that "emergency departments are at the point of meltdown" and that most days, "they are seriously overcrowded."
The concerns are raised in the letter from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine to the Mark Drakeford. It is signed by 24 consultants at hospitals across Wales.
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A group of doctors have written to the new Health Minister warning that emergency units in Wales are 'at the point of meltdown'