Things look more promising but demand on NHS Wales is still high

Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, responds to the latest Welsh Government review of Coronavirus restrictions in Wales.
Darren Hughes

14 May 2021

Responding to the Welsh Government’s review of Coronavirus restrictions in Wales, Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:

“It’s positive for everyone that rates of Coronavirus in Wales remain low and that numbers of people with the virus in hospital are at their lowest since the start of the pandemic.

“We thank the Welsh public for all their efforts over the last 15 months and for the support they’ve shown the NHS.

“We approach the key milestone of administering a first dose of the Coronavirus vaccine to two million adults in Wales, a truly remarkable achievement that has been delivered by the amazing health and care staff and partners, as well as the willingness of the Welsh population to be vaccinated.

“While the outlook is promising, demand on the NHS in Wales is still high. As we begin to treat a wider range of patients once more, it’s important to remember that services are still operating at a reduced level to ensure the safety of patients, including social distancing and extra cleaning within healthcare settings.

“We ask the public to continue to use services responsibly to help us care for those who need it most.”