18 May 2023
Responding to the latest Emergency Department performance figures for April 2023 for Wales, Dr Suresh Pillai, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine Wales, said:
“We are out of winter but remain in crisis. Nearly one in seven patients are still waiting 12-hours or more from their time of arrival. We are not seeing the time critical improvements that we desperately need.
“The Emergency Care system is not functioning as it should. The whole system continues to be gridlocked. We welcomed initiatives by the Welsh Government to improve discharges, but these are neither reducing bed occupancy nor improving flow through our hospitals. We must see further action to tackle this crisis. Bed occupancy is at an unsafe level because we cannot discharge patients in a timely way, and consequently our Emergency Departments continue to be dangerously overcrowded with patients facing long delays to care.
“We urge the Health Minister to expand bed capacity in Wales; bolster the social care workforce; and ensure we are recruiting and retaining sufficient Emergency Medicine staff in Wales. Our #ResuscitateEmergencyCare has the solutions to tackle the crisis in Emergency Care.”
Notes to editor
The latest Emergency Department performance figures for April 2023 published by the Welsh government show:
RCEM Wales: Emergency Medicine Workforce Census 2023
RCEM: Five priorities for UK Governments to #ResuscitateEmergencyCare