Rise in longest waiting times

Figures show the number of patients in Wales waiting longer than 36 weeks has risen sharply.

7,611 patients waiting for that length of time in April, a rise of more than 2,000 on the previous month, according to Statistics Wales figures.

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  1. Rob Osborne, Health Reporter

Analysis: rise in patients waiting longer than 36 weeks

These are more bad figures relating to the NHS in Wales.

In recent weeks, we've bad news regarding waiting times for cancer treatment, A&E and we've seen the ambulance service miss its targets for the eleventh month in a row.

Critics will jump on this as another example of the NHS under severe strain.

The Welsh Government says severe weather in the winter months led to an increase in people needing treatment, and says steps are being taken to reduce the backlog.

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