An 85-year-old Penarth pensioner has had to wait 18 hours in “agony” before finally seeing a doctor at Penarth’s Llandough Hospital.
The pensioner, Audrey Jones, had to wait no less than 6 hours for an ambulance to arrive to take her from her home in Penarth to Llandough Hospital – a distance of barely a mile.
Once at Llandough Hospital she was kept waiting – still in agony – for a further 12 hours until she could see a doctor.
Penarth Assembly member Andrew RT Davies (Conservative South Wales Central) has described the pensioner ordeal as “unacceptable“.
He said “No patient should be forced to endure an 18 hour wait for treatment but unfortunately the stories of long waits are becoming ever more prominent in our NHS under the current Welsh Labour Government.”
Andrew R T Davies – who is the leader of the Conservatives in the Assembly says – “Waiting times in Wales are now the worst since records began and unfortunately thousands of Welsh patients are suffering indignity after a Welsh Labour Government decided to make the disastrous decision to cut a billion pounds from the NHS budget during this Assembly term.”
He says “Hardworking frontline staff are being hit the most by Labour’s record-breaking NHS budget cuts and the enormous strain this has placed on our finest public service.atients deserve better and instead of putting their heads in the sand, Labour ministers must bring forward a plan to ensure such unacceptable treatment is not witnessed again.”
The case of Audrey Jones is the second in recent days involving unacceptably long waits for ambulances.
On January 22nd PDN reported the case of another pensioner – retired Welsh National Opera star Mrs Carol Bailey ( the former Carol Barlow-Davies) – who was injured and broke her arm in a fall on Windsor Terrace, Penarth.
She was kept waiting on the pavement in freezing temperatures for an ambulance to arrive .It took two and a half hours to reach her. (See http://tinyurl.com/zdf3cvp )
The NHS in Wales is under the control of the beleaguered Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth, Vaughan Gething, – who is the Deputy Health Minister for Wales in the Welsh Labour Government.
A year ago Gething said that the Welsh Abulance NHS Trust needed to “demonstrate improvement and with some urgency”. The latest incidents appear to indicate nothing has changed.