NHS In Wales: A Special Look

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Yn Gymraeg // Welsh version

Over the past year, the NHS here in Wales has taken a slamming in the world of politics. Accident and Emergency departments stretched, full to the brim, beds unavailable and patients treated in the back of ambulances.

The Welsh Ambulance Service has continuously missed its target times of reaching the most life threatening situations within 8 minutes. The service has made national media headlines for the wrong reasons.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, said the people of Wales receive a second class health service. But is it just a war of politics between the Conservatives in England and the Labour party in Wales? The Conservatives are highlighting the issue as they want the public to see what’s happened in Wales and to vote for the Conservatives ahead of the General Election in May 2015.

Hospitals are receiving a lack of pay from the Welsh Government. Despite all the criticism, patients are happy with the treatment they receive.

The number of people waiting more than four hours to be seen at a Welsh Accident and Emergency unit has soared to its highest level since 2009. All parts of the Casualty units in Wales are full, beds unavailable on a regular basis. Staff are under constant pressure and stress as they desperately try to find available beds for new patients that have been waiting in ambulances for several minutes or even hours.
   
But should patients in A&E be there?

Ambulance response times here in wales are the worst on record. Figures released in December show that ambulances continually missed their target times of getting to emergencies within 8 minutes.

The message is, don’t go to A&E unless it is serious. Otherwise visit your local GP or your local minor injuries unit.

For more information, please visit the NHS Wales website: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/

Thank you.

Related Article: Welsh Politics 2014: A Look Back

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