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Welsh NHS records disastrous waiting times

Patients are at risk of suffering harm as a result of record-breaking waiting times for NHS treatment, it is claimed.

Latest figures from the Welsh Government show that just 68.7% of patients spent less than four hours in an accident and emergency unit before being admitted, transferred or discharged in August.

That’s the worst performance on record, topping the 69.8% for July which was itself a record. The Welsh Government wants 95% of people to be seen in that time.

Dr Suresh Pillai, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Wales, said the pressures and challenges facing the health service are “mounting quickly”. You can read his full account here.

“We are heading into what will likely be the most difficult winter ever with consistently deteriorating performance, high numbers of patients, burned out staff, and an ambulance service on the brink of a crisis,” he said.

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