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Accident and Emergency waits “absolutely shocking”

The Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for South Wales West, Peter Black has reacted with concern to official figures released today that show Accident and Emergency waits in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend were worse than in the 'winter pressure' months, with only 73.5% of patients at major emergency units being discharged within 4 hours.

Health boards are expected to meet a target of 95% of patients seen within 4 hours, yet not a single hospital with a major Accident and Emergency department anywhere in Wales has met that target.

Labour Ministers are also going backwards on their target to eradicate waits of over 12 hours, with 4,387 patients in March not seen within the 12 hour benchmark.

Mr Black said: "These figures are absolutely shocking. If the people of Wales weren't already questioning Labour's ability to fix the problems in our NHS, they will be now.

"I can't understand how we've seen such a massive nosedive in waiting times. We need answers now, especially now that Labour Ministers don't have the 'winter pressures' excuse to hide behind this time.

"Labour have the gall to claim they've kept all their promises, yet the 914 patients with ABMU left for over 12 hours in March alone will testify that they've failed on their pledge to eradicate lengthy waits.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats will take action to reduce pressures on our Accident and Emergency departments, ensuring that all patients have a nearby out-of-hours GP they can visit with more minor injuries and a new model of care for older people to minimise unnecessary hospital admissions."

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