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Longer waits at A&E

19th October 2007

Latest figures have revealed that patients are having to wait longer for treatment in accident and emergency units across Wales.


Out of 12 NHS trusts, only two achieved the A&E target of treating patients within four hours.

The findings show that in September 2007, 89.7% of patients were seen within that time despite the target set at 95%. The figures were slightly down on the previous year.

There was also a variation from one part of the country to another but it also emerged that some patients were not being seen within four hours.

The best performances came from Pontypridd and Rhondda NHS Trust which achieved the four hours target for 95.9% of patients and North West Wales with 95.3%.

Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust was the worst performing area with 76.6% of patients seen within four hours. Across Wales in September 2007, 98.4% of patients were seen within eight hours.

Conservative member of the Welsh Assembly, Jonathan Morgan, said waiting times could be cut by easing bed blocking and increasing A&E capacity.

Jonathon Davies, deputy chief executive of Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, apologised to patients that had been affected but said there was an increasing demand for emergency care, which meant more patients were experiencing delays.

A spokesman for the assembly government said health minister Edwina Hart was determined to ensure that those trusts which did not reach the target during September raised their game.

“She has asked senior officials to focus specific attention on these trusts so that they improve performance,? he said.


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