There's been a call for an end to uncertainty over the future of emergency care at Welsh hospitals. The Assembly's Public Affairs Committee says that services at some A&E departments are getting worse while they face the threat of closure.
Plans are in place to centralise A&E units at some hospitals across Wales, but today's report says that firm decisions on whether those proposals will go ahead need to be made urgently, as Hannah Thomas reports.
A short film has been produced by the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board about the importance of only going to A&E when really necessary.
The film is acted and narrated by six year-old Olivia Banton from Newport, in which she asks people to either contact their local Pharmacy, Doctors or NHS Direct Wales for minor ailments anything non-life threatening.
The Welsh Conservatives say Welsh Government cuts to the NHS here are "putting unprecedented pressure on staff and constraining capacity".
Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar says the target for the number of patients waiting over four hours in A&E departments has not been met once since Carwyn Jones became First Minister nearly four years ago.
Waiting in a busy A&E department for over four hours causes unimaginable distress and discomfort to patients, especially the elderly, young children and other vulnerable people.
Labour’s cuts of over £800m in real terms over five years are putting unprecedented pressure on staff and constraining capacity.
Full A&E units can prevent ambulances from discharging patients so they’ll be queued up outside hospitals and prevented from responding to emergency calls.
The Welsh Government must provide extra cash to the Welsh NHS so fewer patients are forced to endure such unbearable waits for treatment.
The Welsh Government says a 78.7 percent fall in the number of patients waiting for more than 12 hours in A&E departments is "a considerable achievement", which shows health boards are "moving in the right direction."
Waiting times in A&E have improved for the fourth month in succession, with the percentage of patients being seen within four hours at its highest point this year.
Since April, the number of patients spending 12 hours or more in emergency care facilities has fallen by 78.7 per cent (from 2,268 to 483).
This is a considerable achievement and shows Health Boards moving in the right direction to tackle the challenges facing A&E.
The Welsh Government says health boards are "moving in the right direction to tackle the challenges facing A&E", despite the two headline targets for waiting times in Accident and Emergency Departments in the NHS in Wales being missed in figures released today.
The target for 2013-14 is to eradicate waits of more than 12 hours in emergency care - but, in June, 483 patients had to wait for more than 12 hours.
Another target - for 95 percent of patients to spend less than for hours waiting - was also missed.
Over ten thousand people spent more than twelve hours in accident and emergency across Wales last year. Figures revealed by the Conservatives show this is a slight fall compared with 2010's total. But they claim the situation is completely unacceptable.
This was First Minister Carwyn Jones' response at his monthly news conference.