423 patients in Cardiff and Vale waiting over a year for treatment

October 14, 2014 7:02 PM

ProfileShocking figures published by the Welsh Liberal Democrats reveal that 423 patients in Cardiff and the Vale are being forced to wait over a year for the start of their treatment.

The information, obtained by a Freedom of Information request, shows that nearly 1,400 patients in Waleshave been waiting over a year until they received their treatment.

The Welsh Government's target is that not a single patient should wait longer than 36 weeks until the start of their treatment.

Commenting, Jenny Willott MP, said:

"It's completely unacceptable that 423 residents in Cardiff and the Vale are being forced to wait over a year before being treated. Unfortunately there is little sign of the situation improving as waiting lists are getting longer.

"We need a long-term plan for health and social care in Wales, but unfortunately the Welsh Labour Government seems unable to provide this.

"I regularly see people in Cardiff who aren't getting the cancer drugs they need, who have waited too long for an ambulance or have sat for hours in A&E before being treated. The Welsh Labour Government is letting down the people of Wales."

A breakdown for each health board shows the following number of patients have been waiting over a year until the start of their treatment:

Abertawe Morgannwg - 545 patients

Aneurin Bevan - 298 patients

Betsi Cadwaladr - 61 patients

Cardiff and Vale - 423 patients

Cwm Taf - fewer than 5

Hywel Dda - 63 patients

Powys - 84 patients, commissioned by the Health Board, have been waiting over a year

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