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Welsh Tories: Funding cuts to blame for A&E problems

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.

– Darren Millar, Shadow Health Minister

Welsh Govt: 'Moving in right direction' over A&E

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.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

483 patients waited more than 12 hours in A&E in June

The targets for the number of patients being seen in Accident and Emergency departments within four and 12 hours were missed in June.

New patients spending less than four hours in all emergency care facilities from arrival, until admission, transfer or discharge:

  • Target - 95 percent
  • Figure for June - 92.9 percent

Patients spending 12 hours or more from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge in June 2013:

  • Target - "eradication"
  • Figure for June - 483

A&E waiting time targets missed

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.

A&E departments have faced unprecedented pressures in recent months. Credit: PA

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.

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