Conservatives: 'Targets consistently missed'

The Welsh Conservatives have pointed out that waiting time targets from referral to treatment are "consistently" being missed, and that the figures published this morning show 389,019 people - around one in eight in Wales - are waiting for treatment of some kind on the NHS in Wales.

Despite the best efforts of hardworking NHS staff, waiting time targets are being regularly missed and more patients are waiting longer for treatment.

Long waits to start hospital treatment can be distressing and worrying for vulnerable patients and their families.

Waiting time targets are consistently being missed month by month with little prospect of the Labour Health Minister getting to grips with the problem.

Labour’s record-breaking cuts of half a billion pounds to the NHS will only further constrain capacity and make it more difficult for patients to be treated promptly.

– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health

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Waiting time targets missed

The NHS in Wales has slipped further away from hitting its targets for the time it takes for patients to be treated in hospital, after being referred, according to official figures published today.