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Plaid Cymru ‘slams’ Labour on NHS waiting times

PLAID Cymru has launched a scathing attack on Labour after figures showed the worst A&E waiting times yet for the months of September and October.

Figures from Stats Wales show that A&E departments in Welsh hospitals continued to struggle in October after recording the worst ever performance figures in September.

The figures are also worse than England by roughly 8%.

The statistics show that in the months of both September and October only 75.3% of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours in urgent care departments including A&E compared with the target of 95%.

The figures also show a deterioration in ambulance response times and performance on four hour waits and twelve hour waits were significantly worse compared with this time last year.

Plaid Cymru AM and shadow minister for health Helen Mary jones said that the figures were a ‘scandal’ and that Labour could not be trusted on the NHS.

Ms Jones said that despite frontline NHS staff doing the best they can, “shocking mismanagement” from Labour was letting people down.

The shadow health minister said that the people of Wales deserved a party in government that would deliver a national health and care system that ‘works’ for its patients.

Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Health, Helen Mary Jones AM said,

“These figures are a scandal. Labour cannot be trusted to run our NHS.

“We’re barely into the worst of the winter months and already our NHS is struggling to cope. Our frontline NHS staff do the best they can under increasingly difficult circumstances and shocking mismanagement from Labour.

“In Wales, we know what the reality of a Labour government looks like. And after decades of putting our faith in the Westminster parties, both Labour and the Tories have let Wales down time and again.

“The people of Wales deserve a better health and care system. The people of Wales deserve a party in government that will deliver a national health and care system that works for its patients. The only way to deliver real change is to vote for a party that has Wales, not Westminster, at the top of its list of priorities.”

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