Responding to the First Minister’s announcement that the Welsh Government are considering a circuit breaker to stop the spread of Coronavirus in Wales, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The NHS in Wales is facing an extremely tough winter. Cases of coronavirus are rising as are hospital admissions. Robust action needs to be taken to slow the spread of the virus and to prevent our NHS becoming overwhelmed.
“However, the NHS in Wales is also clear there are and will continue to be severe indirect consequences arising from the Coronavirus pandemic. We want people to know we understand their frustrations, and we understand how difficult this is.
“Going into winter, the NHS in Wales will face the usual pressures from the influenza as well as trying to help people in a severe condition as a result of Coronavirus.
“Staff across the NHS stand ready to do all we can to deliver the best possible care for people in Wales, including for those awaiting care for other health issues. However, if admissions continue to rise, we will have to take measures to protect people due to come into our hospitals, which may include postponing elective procedures.
“Wales has come together in the most remarkable way over the last 7 months, and we have all worked so hard to stop the spread of Coronavirus. We will need to continue to make those efforts for a good while longer in order to save lives and protect the NHS.”