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Welsh Government statement on the latest NHS Wales Performance and Activity Data published today.

First published:
19 August 2021
Last updated:

A Welsh Government spokesperson said:

Waiting times for treatment continue to grow. However, it is encouraging to see progress being made with the number of patients waiting over 52 weeks falling for the third month in a row. We also saw the largest number of specialist consultations completed and treatments started in any month since the start of the pandemic.

The total number of patients starting their first cancer treatment and the number of patients starting treatment within the target time were the second highest since the current records began.

Today we announced a further £140m to help NHS Wales tackle the treatment backlog built up during the COVID pandemic. This is on top of the initial £100m announced in May.

Pressures on our emergency services are also growing. The ambulance service received more calls last month than in any month since the pandemic began. Attendance at emergency departments was also the highest since the start of the pandemic.

We encourage people to consider the best options for care, and not necessarily head to their local emergency department. To get the right care, first time people can also use the online 111 service and their local pharmacist where appropriate.

Last month the Health Minister announced plans to transform the delivery of urgent and emergency care, supported by £25m a year. We are working with health boards to deliver these plans well ahead of winter.

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