24 August 2023
New data which shows more people experienced long waits in Welsh A&Es last month has been described as ‘deeply worrying’ by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
The statistics – Emergency Department performance figures for July 2023 – published by the Welsh government today (24 August 2023), show:
Responding Dr Suresh Pillai, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Wales, said: “These data show a fall in four-hour, eight-hour and 12-hour performance in July when compared to June – despite fewer people attending Emergency Departments.
“This means more patients waited longer in major A&Es in Wales in July. This is deeply worrying for this time of year as the summer months are traditionally considered ‘quieter’.
“We are almost in September, and effective winter planning must be put in place to ensure we are fully prepared as the colder months loom.
“This must focus on discharging those people who are well enough to leave hospital to free up beds and help to reduce dangerous overcrowding and delays in A&Es.
“To plan and prepare for the winter ahead, we urge the Welsh Government to adopt our Five Priorities to #ResuscicateEmergencyCare.”
The length of stay data does not paint a full picture, some patients who experience 12-hour waits are excluded from the data. These are known as ‘breach exemptions’.
RCEM Wales continues to call on the Welsh Government to publish fully transparent and meaningful data so that no patient is hidden and the true scale of long waits can be properly assessed.