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Number of NHS patients waiting over 36 weeks on the rise

Published on 14/06/2013

The number of Wales NHS patients who have to wait more than 36 weeks to start treatment has seen a steep incline.

Waiting list times on the NHS are rising

Statistics from Wales show that in April 7,600 patients had to wait more than 36 weeks, a rise of more than 2,000 despite government targets of zero.

According to the data, there are more than 30,000 people waiting 25-36 weeks and just fewer than 400,000 are waiting for their first appointment.

Welsh ministers have pointed to a harsh winter whilst Conservatives believe that ‘spiralling waits’ are becoming more frequent.

Darren Millar, health spokesman for the Conservative party, said waiting times at the NHS were becoming “progressively worse”.

"April's rise came at a time when financial pressures were at an all-time high and it's clear that Labour's record-breaking budget cuts continue to have an incredibly damaging impact," he said.

“There will soon be 400,000 people on an NHS waiting list in Wales and it's about time the minister (Mark Drakeford) liaised closely with health boards and rapidly reduced the problem."

In February this year it was revealed that NHS waiting lists rose by a third in London for top procedures.

A Welsh government spokesperson said: "The health service in Wales is well aware of the need to treat patients who, as a result, have waited beyond the maximum time.”

By choosing private health insurance, you can avoid NHS waiting lists and be treated when and where you like.

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