Welsh Government slammed for appalling A&E waiting times at Glan Clwyd Hospital

Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has expressed deep concern at the latest A&E waiting times figures for North Wales and called on the Welsh Government's Health Minister to resign. 

The A & E waiting times published yesterday (December 2019) by StatsWales are the worst on record, with just 74.4 percent of patients seen within four hours, and the worst performing hospital in the country is Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, which saw just 57.5 percent of patients within four hours.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) was also the worst performing health board when it came to 12-hour waits, with 90.4 percent being seen within 12 hours, and the worst performing hospital was again Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with 81.9% of attendances being seen within 12 hours.

Commenting on the figures, Darren said:

“When NHS organisations go into special measures they are supposed to get better, not worse, yet we now have 1 in 5 patients in our local A&E for 12 hours or more and just over half are seen within 4 hours, it's a disgrace. 

"This scandalous performance is completely unacceptable and must be addressed urgently. Patients in North Wales are being badly let down. 

“Excessive waits in emergency departments can put people at risk of harm and cause considerable distress to patients, especially young children, older people and the chronically ill.

“The Health Minister in Cardiff Bay needs to be held accountable for failing to improve things and either resign or be sacked."