24 March 2022
The latest Emergency Department performance figures for February 2022 published by the Welsh government show:
Responding to these figures, Dr Suresh Pillai, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Wales, said:
“The latest performance figures show the crisis facing the health system and urgent and emergency care in Wales. More and more patients are waiting for longer and longer periods of time – we know that long waiting times are associated with an increased risk of harm or even death, and there is no indication of improvement or respite for staff.
“The workforce is burned out, staff face moral injury, stress and distress every shift. Patients face long, uncomfortable waits in crowded Emergency Departments, while other patients wait in the community for long periods of time for an ambulance.
“We are also seeing a sharp return of covid in the community and among healthcare workers. The already burned out and depleted workforce faces further shortages due to covid related absences. Crowded Emergency Departments are a high-risk environment for covid infection, particularly among the most vulnerable patients.
“This crisis is unsustainable. Staff are doing all they can to keep patients safe and minimise harm, but it is an extremely challenging crisis to manage. Patients are suffering as a result. It is imperative that we see action to improve the situation.”