A&E patients in North Wales wait longer than rest of the country

A North Wales health board has the worst record in the country for patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E, figures have revealed.

According to Welsh Government data, Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board – which has now been in special measures for more than two years – 29% of patients spent more than four hours in a major A&E departments.

Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, which sits within the auspices of Betsi Cadwaladr, has the worst record on this measure of any other hospital in Wales, with 33.6% of patients waiting longer than the Welsh Government’s four-hour target.

The Welsh Coalition Government have set a target with an expectation that 95% of patients must be seen within four hours presenting to A&E.

Darren Millar AM, the Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for Clwyd West, challenged Welsh Labour’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething AM on this issue in the Senedd today.

He said: “For more than two years now Betsi Cadwaladr has been in special measures – the highest form of Welsh Government control.

“It is therefore baffling as to why Betsi still has the highest proportion of patients in Wales languishing for longer than 4 hours in A&E – the Welsh Government are in effect missing their own target.

“The Cabinet Secretary has to get these spiralling waiting times under control. Patients at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd and elsewhere in North Wales should not be enduring longer waits the rest of the country.”