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The Welsh Government has confirmed figures which show the extent of difficulties caused by emergency pressures faced by hospitals last winter. The Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Wales, Kevin Flynn, told Assembly Members earlier that hospitals are still dealing with a backlog of postponed operations.
He told the Public Accounts committee that hospitals are on course to catch-up and are prepared for the coming winter. You can see his evidence here and the evidence of the Chief Executive David Sissling, but here are the figures:
- 2,600 operations postponed during the winter months of 2012/13
- That equates to less than 1% of the 250,000 operations carried out every year
- At the end of August 13,147 patients were waiting longer than 36 weeks for surgery
- That's a rise of 2,038 compared to the end of July
- Early figures show the number of patients waiting longer than 36 weeks fell in September to just over 12,000
The Deputy Chief Executive of NHS Wales told AMs that hospitals are still catching up on a backlog caused by last year's 'unprecedented' winter pressures. Kevin Flynn told the the Public Accounts Committee that 2,600 operations were cancelled last winter to cope with emergency admissions.
He described last winter as a 'once in fifty years' event caused by a combination of extreme bad weather and demographic changes. The Chief Executive, David Sissling, told the committee that plans for this coming winter are 'robust.'
Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales, David Sissling, tells the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee that plans for coping with winter emergency pressures are 'robust' and 'road-tested.'
The Chief Executive Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says fewer than 40 staff are now at risk of compulsory redundancy. The board is aiming to reduce staff numbers by 380 by next March. Adam Cairns told AMs that less than 10% of that figure will be found through compulsory redundancies.
Adam Cairns told members of the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee that the board 'had a responsibility to work within the budget' its been given. But he also said he's confident that the board's hospitals can continue to deliver high quality care with fewer beds and staff.
He told the committee that 'nobody wants to stay in hospital longer than necessary' and that enabling patients to leave sooner means fewer beds are needed, allowing resources to be more focussed.
The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales says he's confident that health boards have 'robust' plans for coping with winter emergency pressures. David Sissling acknowledged that Welsh hospitals have only just caught up with operations cancelled as a result of last winter.
Mr Sissling told members of the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee that last winter was a 'once in fifty years' event because of unprecedented bad weather. He said planning for the coming cold weather has been 'very rigorous, very thorough' and assumes that 'it could be like the previous winter.'
He told AMs that 'plans are robust and road tested' and that the NHS in Wales 'can go into winter with confidence.'
The Chief Executive of the NHS in Wales has told Assembly Members that health chiefs now understand there will be no further budget bailouts in the future. David Sissling was being questioned by members of the Public Accounts Committee over concerns about the health service's finances.
Mr Sissling told the AMs that now that health boards are being allowed to draw up three year budgets, they are developing 'strong plans' which show 'rigour and discipline' when it comes to financial targets.
Boards have been criticised by auditors for a culture which assumes there will be extra money if they fail to meet those financial targets. Mr Sissling said that boards realise that when the plans are 'signed off, they are signed off.'
The boss of the health board that's announced plans to axe 380 jobs will be quizzed today by AMs.
Adam Cairns, Chief Executive of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board will go before the influential Public Accounts Committee.
The Health Board says it has to make savings of more than £56 million by March. Unions are warning that patient care is at risk.
University Hospital Llandough, near Cardiff, is this week celebrating its 80th anniversary.
It was originally called Llandough Hospital when it opened in 1933.
A "living museum" is being set up at the hospital as part of the celebrations which features old equipment and pictures that paint a picture of its past.
Events include 1930s themed meals and games for patients and a performance by the hospital's recently formed choir at a special celebratory concert.
There has been "a general deterioration" in health services for patients in Wales who require unscheduled medical treatment.
That's according to an audit report out today.
The Auditor General for Wales blames rising demand, workforce challenges and problems with patient flow in hospitals.
But the report says the most recent data shows some encouraging improvements, which now need to be sustained.
There's a warning lives could be put at risk because of changes to the age women in Wales will be called for a smear test. Currently all women between 20 and 64 are invited for a screening but from Sunday the starting age will rise to 25.
The Welsh Government say the decisions are based on expert advice, but not everyone's convinced as our health reporter Rob Osborne has been finding out.