Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has now been under Welsh Government control for almost 3 and a half years. During that time, the Welsh Government has promised that there are staged â€œimprovement and transformationâ€� plans in place to improve outcomes at the Health Board.
However, the record of failure at Betsi Cadwaladr whilst the Health Board has been under the direct control of the Welsh Labour Government is both shocking and appalling:
– 1,900 patients waited longer than 12 hours at A&E services in North Wales (this is more than all the other health boards combined).
– This summer, more than 5,000 hours were lost because ambulances were delayed handing over patients at North Wales hospitals.
– In the last 12 months, 26,000 patient safety incidents were recorded (more than 10,000 more than in Cardiff).
– 233 of these have been SEVERE incidents (more than double those in Cardiff)
– In the last three years the health board has overspent by Â£88 million and has more than 2000 patients waiting over a year for treatment
Commenting outside the Assembly Chamber, Welsh Conservative leader, Paul Davies AM said:
â€œThese are shocking statistics and behind these figures are real people who are suffering as a result of the Welsh Labour Governmentâ€™s sheer incompetence to help this health board improve.
â€œThe figures at Betsi Cadwaladr speak for themselves – horrendous A&E waiting times, an appalling patient safety record and a budget overspend approaching Â£100 million.
â€œThe First Minister has consistently been too flippant and arrogant to these failings and that is why I demanded an apology from him today in the Assembly Chamber during First Ministerâ€™s Questions.
â€œPatients across North Wales deserve far better and this situation simply cannot continue any further. The Welsh Government must now tell us what specific measures it is now going to take to start addressing this appalling situationâ€�.
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