Responding to the latest Coronavirus update given by the Welsh Government, Darren Hughes, Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The situation in Wales continues to be incredibly serious. Our NHS is coming under intense pressure and we are preparing to receive more patients due to Coronavirus in the coming weeks.
“Unfortunately we are likely to see more NHS services disrupted as more of our finite capacity is taken up by coronavirus patients and providing non-covid care is challenging. As the Chief Executive of NHS Wales highlighted today, there are more patients in our hospitals with Coronavirus than ever before. High community infection also leads to a higher number of our staff having to isolate or becoming sick with Coronavirus themselves which also impacts on the NHS capacity to care for patients.
“That is why these restrictions are entirely necessary for now. We need to make sure we save as many lives as possible, while still ensuring as much of our health service is available as possible for other very significant health conditions.
“We also want to be clear that we know these restrictions have a huge impact on livelihoods and people’s mental health and wellbeing. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of two vaccines. It is therefore crucial the public in Wales come together to protect their communities for a while longer.
“While the roll out of the vaccine is a huge undertaking, and will take time, everyone in NHS Wales stands ready to deliver it as quickly as we can.”