Waiting times at A&E units in beleaguered North Wales health board â€“ Betsi Cadwaladr â€“ were the worst on record for May, according to new stats released today by the Welsh Government.
Despite a slight improvement in the number of patients being seen within 4 hours, Betsi Cadwaladr â€“ the only health board to be under direct Welsh Government control â€“ is repeatedly failing to meet expected levels of performance â€“ with just 77.5% of patients seen within 4 hours.
In Wrexham Maelor â€“ just 64.8% of patients were seen within 4 hours â€“ the worst in Wales.
In Ysbyty Glan Clwyd â€“ 12.3% of patients waited more than 12 hours for treatment â€“ again, the worst in Wales.
Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar, said:
â€œNorth Walesâ€™ residents are not getting the health service that they deserve.
â€œWhilst services are far from perfect in the rest of Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr is the worst performing health board on a range of measures.
â€œMayâ€™s A&E performance in Wales was the worst set of May statistics on record â€“ and, yet again, Glan Clwyd Hospitalâ€™s performance was at the bottom of the Welsh league table.
â€œItâ€™s the only health board to be under direct Welsh Government control and it is repeatedly failing to meet expected levels of performance.
â€œPlacing the health board in special measures was supposed to be the first step to turning the organisation into an effective provider of first class health care, where patient safety comes first.
â€œSadly, itâ€™s becoming all too clear that the Cabinet Secretary simply doesnâ€™t have a credible plan to turn things around.â€�