Patients in the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Area – which includes Penarth – have seen a huge increase in the amount of time they have to wait for treatment.
- In November 2015 the number of local patents waiting for more than 36 weeks for treatment for treatment was 1,518.
- By December 2015 the total of local patients waiting for more than 36 weeks for treatment treatment had shot-up to 2,616.
That represents a 72% increase in the length of the waiting list – the largest such increase anywhere in Wales.
Across the whole of Wales 439,090 people (1 in ever 7 of the population of Wales) are waiting for treatment with 26,342 having waited more than 36 weeks .
Penarth AM Andrew R T Davies (Conservative South Wales Central) says “Labour’s performance on waiting times remains a national disgrace”. He says “the Welsh Labour Government has starved frontline health services of one billion pounds since 2011 and it’s hardworking staff who’ve taken the brunt.” He said that the Welsh Labour Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones was “in denial”.
Carwyn Jones, who was roundly beaten by UKIP’s Nigel Farage in a ITV debate on Europe last month, suffered again at the hands of Farage when the two clashed on Health and on Steel in this week’s edition of the BBC programme “Question Time” .
Presumably sore from his previous defeat, time and again Jones tried to “talk-over” Farage – only to be humiliated and be put firmly in his place by chairman David Dimbleby who told him not to interrupt – so that Farage could make his to make his points.
At one point Carwyn Jones claimed that the difficulties in the steel industry were being caused by what he called “the strength of the pound” – only to have his assertion ridiculed by Farage – who pointed out that on the world exchanges the value of sterling was actually falling .
Farage told Jones “Goodness knows how Wales gets you as First Minister”