24/08/2015

Rise In Welsh Patients On NHS Waiting List - Plaid Cymru

Patients in Wales are waiting much longer to start treatment on the NHS than in 2011, according to new figures.

The figures, obtained by Plaid Cymru, reveal the number of patients waiting longer than 36 weeks to begin treatment on the NHS has more than tripled, from 7,434 to 25,373 between September 2011 and June 2015.

The percentage of patients waiting at least 26 weeks has increased from 8.5% of all patients to 15.2%.

This means a total of 66,819 patients waiting beyond the target time of 26 weeks, a 100% increase over the period (33,301 patients in September 2011).

Elin Jones, Plaid Cymru's Shadow Health Spokesperson, said that the longer waiting times were both disappointing and unacceptable.

"These figures highlight that overall performance in the NHS is getting worse despite increases in the health budget. And the facts are that patients in Wales are waiting longer for treatment than in Scotland and England."

(LM)

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