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.
There are calls from a National Assembly Committee for the Welsh Government and local health boards, to 'end uncertainty' surrounding emergency departments in Wales.
The Public Accounts Committee has also raised concerns about inconsistencies in the way performance-related data is collected by the NHS.
A report from the Auditor General for Wales found unscheduled care services in some areas were getting worse - particularly around patient waiting times.
Although the Committee notes there have been reports of some improvement since that report was published.
The Committee makes 18 recommendations in its report including:
• More work by the Welsh Government to promote the choices available to patients, and the means by which they are delivered.
• That the Welsh Government work with health boards to develop a wider suite of performance measures for unscheduled care.
A Welsh Government spokesperson said:
"We welcome the publication of the Public Accounts Committee report into unscheduled care.
We will consider the report findings closely and respond to the committee in due course."
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.
Waiting time targets for accident and emergency units in Wales have been missed again, according to official figures.
The Welsh Government says things are improving but one man from North Wales has said his experience of Accident and Emergency was a "living nightmare", having waited 19 hours in the unit.
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.
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."
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
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.