Responding the latest release of the NHS NHS activity and performance summary, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said: “What the performance stats really show today is the scale of the challenge which the NHS in Wales is facing not just from the number of patients we have to see with coronavirus, but also providing care in a safe, Covid adjusted way, to people with other significant health issues.”
“The decisions at the start of the pandemic to postpone some treatments and care for patients were not taken lightly. It’s not just about capacity in our hospital and community settings, but also whether we can provide a safe environment for patients. If we had the same number of patients in hospitals then there is a greater risk of infection for those using our services with other health issues.
“It is positive that we have seen cancer referrals returning close to pre-pandemic levels, and the NHS has worked incredibly hard make sure we are in a position to provide a wider range of services. We are committed to making sure we get through any backlog and treat everyone who needs our care in Wales, but this will take a significant period of time.
“We will need people to look after themselves and to use our services responsibly over winter, and the pressure the NHS comes under during this time is well documented. This year we will have to contend with the virus as well. Our staff have worked tirelessly over the last 8 months and they have felt the effects of this virus more than anyone. We thank them for their commitment and dedication throughout an extremely difficult time.”