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Assembly Member appalled that 812 people waited over eight hours in local Accident and Emergency departments in December

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has said it is appalling that 812 people had to wait over eight hours to be seen in the region’s A&E units last month.

Figures published today show that 812 people waited over eight hours from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge from A&Es in Swansea, Bridgend, and Port Talbot hospitals.

This follows claims from Dr Robin Roop, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Wales (RCEM), that hospital emergency departments in Wales are "on the edge" with staff shortages and long waiting times. He also said too many people are waiting over 24 hours in A&E.

Mr Black said:

"It’s absolutely appalling that 812 people waited over eight hours in our regional A&E departments. 

"Morriston Hospital A&E saw just 59% of patients within the four hour target time; the worst performance in Wales.

"Dr Roop is right to be speaking out and highlighting the issue of staff shortages, and this is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are pledging to deliver safe staffing levels on hospital wards.

"We will also improve access to GPs by investing in primary care and virtual wards, providing support in the community to people with the most complex needs and therefore stopping unnecessary admissions to District General Hospitals.

"Alarm bells have been ringing within our A&E departments, yet they seem to be falling on deaf ears.  When are we going to see this Labour Government finally start tackling excessive waiting times?

"It’s time we had an NHS that is properly staffed and resourced so that our superb NHS workforce can do what they are trained to do, deliver a world class NHS." 

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