The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has called ambulance delays outside Morriston and Princess of Wales hospitals unacceptable as new figures revealed major problems in the last month of 2013.
Mr. Black was speaking in the light of Welsh Ambulance Service performance figures for December 2013 that showed that 223 ambulances waited between 60 and 120 minutes outside Morriston Hospital to discharge their patients, 49 ambulances waited between 120 and 180 minutes, whilst 19 ambulances waited more than three hours.
For the Princess of Wales Hospital, 165 ambulances waited between 60 and 120 minutes to discharge their patients, 23 ambulances waited between 120 and 180 minutes, whilst 10 ambulances waited more than three hours.
"These figures are unacceptable and demonstrate significant delays in treating patients brought to hospitals by emergency services," said Mr. Black. "These delays are largely down to bed shortages in the hospitals themselves. No patient in need of emergency treatment should have to wait hours before being discharged into a hospital for treatment.
"The Welsh Health Minister needs to talk to the ABMU Health Board as a matter of urgency to seek an explanation for these delays and to demand an action plan as to how they will be eradicated