First Minister urged to address poor NHS performance in North Wales

Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Millar has hit out at the poor performance of hospitals in North Wales and asked when patients in North Wales are going to see the situation turned around.

Questioning the First Minister in the Senedd this week, Darren highlighted the issues facing patients being served by both Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan and Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and said the situation is getting worse.

He said:

“You will know that one of the regions with the worst emergency department performance is North Wales, where we have the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board in special measures for all sorts of performance-related problems.  Wrexham Maelor has been posting the worst A&E figures on record in the whole of the United Kingdom, not just in Wales, and and the second-worst performing hospital has been Glan Clwyd in Bodelwyddan.

“And it's not just emergency care; it's also poor on planned care and operations as well. If you look back to December 2012, 87 per cent of patients received their treatment within the 26-week target time for orthopaedic surgery versus fewer than 60 per cent in December 2018.

“The figures speak for themselves in terms of them getting worse and worse. When are my constituents and other patients in North Wales going to see this situation turned around, and when are those hospitals going to hit the targets that your Government sets for them?”

The First Minister denied that the situation had deteriorated.