The Cardiff and Vale Health Board – which is responsible for the provision of NHS services for Penarth residents – is the poorest performer of the seven Welsh health boards in meeting the Welsh Government’s “treatment times target”.
Of the seven boards, the latest statistics show the Cardiff and Vale University LHB is alone in having made no improvement in the 26-week “referral to treatment times target” set by the Welsh Government.
In the “average waiting time to start treatment through a provider” the Cardiff and Vale Board is again the worst performer with a median average wait of 10.7 weeks, in comparison to the all-Wales figure of 9.2.
Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies – leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly – says “These latest statistics paint a disappointing picture for health provision in the Cardiff and Vale area; just days after Cardiff and Penarth’s AM and the Cabinet Secretary directly responsible for Health said we could expect ‘good news’ on improved performance in our health service.”
Davies says “There are clearly a number of unique pressures on the local region in comparison to other parts of the country but unfortunately a number of poor decisions on investment in our NHS have been made since Carwyn Jones became First Minister in 2009 and sadly patients and our hard-working front-line staff continue to pay the heavy price.”
Andrew R T Davies says the Welsh Government’s newly-appointed Health Secretary Vaughan Gething (Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth) “needs to put together a comprehensive plan of action to tackle the issues directly impacting on the delivery of healthcare locally .”
He says “patients will quite rightly want to see a little less talking and more action.”