Welsh A&E performance worst on record

New statistics published by the Welsh government has shown that the percentage waiting more than 12 hours in A&E in Wales is at its highest level.

The figures show that the proportion of patients spending less than the four hours target time in hospital A&E departments in Wales is the lowest since records began, whilst the 38,323 emergency calls to the ambulance service were also the second highest on record.

The target of seeing 95 per cent in less than four hours was missed, with 75.9 per cent of patients spending less than four hours in all emergency care facilities from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge. Furthermore, 5,087 patients spent 12 hours or more in A&E and 85.3 per cent of patients newly diagnosed with cancer via the urgent suspected route started treatment within the 62-day target time. The target for this is also 95 per cent.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said: "These figures confirm we are experiencing the busiest winter on record. Along with record levels of emergency admissions, we've seen the highest levels of flu and proportion of elderly patients admitted for many years."

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