A Day Late and a Dollar Short
The number of patients waiting more than 36 weeks for hospital treatment has risen to 16,109 – a new high. Welsh Government targets say that 95% should wait less than 26 weeks and everyone should be treated within 36 weeks
Meanwhile – still refusing to hold an independent enquiry into mortality rates - Prudence Drakeford pumps another £5m to cut waiting times for diagnostic tests. It is hoped that faster tests will mean quicker treatment, which I doubt as £5 is too little too late. With a massive total of 415,152 patients waiting for the start of their treatment at the end of January, with a total of 89,999 being treated during the same month, it doesn't look like NHS Wales is going to achieve anything but an increase in frustrated patients and higher mortality rates.