Rise in waiting times 'dreadful news' for Welsh patients

Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones has responded to new figures showing a rise in the number of people waiting longer for A&E treatment in Welsh hospitals.

Elin Jones said the figures showed that the current Labour Welsh Government was "letting patients down badly" and outlined Plaid Cymru's proposals to tackle the staff shortage crisis facing the Welsh NHS in order to bring down waiting times.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Health Minister Elin Jones said:

"These latest figures are dreadful news for patients and show that they are being let down badly by the current Labour Welsh government.

"It is particularly worrying that the number of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E has risen from 2,443 to 4,387 in the space of a year.

"Last month, only 76.3% waited less than 4 hours in A&E, a drop from 82.3% last March.

"The next government of Wales must take robust and urgent action to tackle the staff shortage crisis facing the NHS.

"Plaid Cymru has outlined clear proposals to recruit 1,000 extra doctors and 5,000 extra doctors in order to relieve mounting pressure on existing staff.

"We would also increase more capacity in the system by fully integrating Health and Social Care services in order to create a streamlined and dynamic service.

"Patients and hard-working staff in the Welsh NHS are being failed by this Labour administration which is in complete denial over its record. Plaid Cymru's comprehensive and costed package to save and strengthen our Health Service offers the change Wales needs."

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