The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has raised the alarm at Labour’s Accident and Emergency performance times.
Accident and Emergency Departments in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend are seeing an even smaller proportion of patients within the target four hours, despite there being 1,450 fewer patients to see.
The latest statistics show that only 77.1% of September’s A&E patients in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board were seen within the target 4 hours, a decrease of 0.8 percentage points on October 2015 and way below the target of 95%. This is despite 1,450 fewer emergency admittances in the region in November 2015, compared to October.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg was the worst performing health board at 77.1%, and the worst performing A&E department was Morriston Hospital at 61.2%.
Mr Black said: “Despite having fewer patients to treat, our local A&E departments are still treating a smaller proportion of their patients within the target time. Alarm bells have been ringing within the Labour Government for months on end, yet they seem to be falling on deaf ears.
“Whenever Labour Ministers attempt to fight one fire within the Welsh NHS, another one ignites. Running from fire to fire isn’t a sensible or effective way for Labour to run our health service.
“Labour Ministers need to deliver an NHS which is properly staffed and resourced, and it’s clear that this just isn’t happening. With a decline in hospitals’ ability to treat A&E patients over the autumn, I worry what will happen over the coming winter months.
“Nobody doubts the good work frontline NHS staff do. They don’t deserve to be constantly let down by their bosses’ inability to organise effectively.
“People in Swansea, Port Talbot, Neath and Bridgend, need to have confidence that they’ll be treated in a timely manner.”