Shocking figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats reveal that 534 patients in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg area are being forced to wait over a year for the start of their treatment, the highest in Wales.
Included in this number, there are 9 patients waiting in excess of two years for treatment.
The information, obtained by a Freedom of Information request, shows that nearly 1,400 patients in Wales have been waiting over a year until they received their treatment.
The Welsh Government’s target is that not a single patient should wait longer than 36 weeks until the start of their treatment.
Commenting, Peter Black AM, said:
"It’s completely unacceptable that 534 local residents are being forced to wait over a year before being treated and that there are 9 patients being forced to wait over two years. These figures are the worst in Wales.
"Unfortunately there is little sign of the situation improving as waiting lists are getting longer.
"We need a long-term plan for health and social care in Wales, but unfortunately the Welsh Labour Government seems unable to provide this."
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Notes: A breakdown for each health board shows the following number of patients have been waiting over a year until the start of their treatment:
Abertawe Morgannwg – 545 patients
Aneurin Bevan – 298 patients
Betsi Cadwaladr – 61 patients
Cardiff and Vale – 423 patients
Cwm Taf – fewer than 5
Hywel Dda – 63 patients
Powys – 84 patients, commissioned by the Health Board, have been waiting over a year