Responding to the latest release of the NHS performance statistics, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“These performance statistics make for difficult reading for both patients and all of us working in the health service. The percentage of people spending more than 4 hours in A&E has increased slightly and we have also seen the highest number ever of the most serious calls going to the Welsh Ambulance Service.
“NHS staff continue to work tirelessly to make sure everyone gets the best possible care for their individual needs. Despite incredible pressure, our staff’s continued dedication and commitment means we still see high satisfaction rates across healthcare services.”
“These figures re-emphasise the need to focus on early interventions and preventative measures in order for people to stay happy, healthy and independent – principles which were clearly laid out in the Welsh Government’s long term plan for health and social care. The NHS is fully committed to working more closely with our partners across social care, the third sector and directly with the public.
“November’s statistics mean it is increasingly clear that we are treating an unprecedented number of patients with more complex and serious health and care needs. It is important for people seek advice and treatment closer to home, such as at their local pharmacist if they are not seriously unwell.”