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Labour Government needs to get its act together over health

January 12, 2013 3:30 PM

Yet again today the BBC reports that 'non urgent' operations are being cancelled across Wales because of "winter pressures."

Well it may be a surprise to some people, but winter comes every year. Every year we have lots of people with flu, and various vomiting bugs, people who slip on ice, and a range of people with respiratory diseases whose condition is exacerbated by the cold. It is not an unexpected occurrence for most of us.

Why then is it that every year our hospitals are overwhelmed by demand, and so called non urgent operations end up being put back?

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat campaign manager Karen Roberts questions whether this is just a convenient excuse.

"My father has been waiting for an operation on his spine for months. In June last year he was told it was 'urgent' but it appears that word has different connotations within the health service in Wales.

"Seven months on and he has still heard nothing, despite numerous phone calls to chase. The surgeon took a month's holiday in August and so his list was put back a little. Now the fact that winter arrived as expected this year will mean that a large number of people across Wales will be told that their waiting times will be even longer than anticipated.

"If it takes more than seven months to get to the top of a list for an operation that is supposedly designated as urgent, then what hope for all those poor individuals who may not eb designated as such but nonetheless are suffering.

"The Welsh Labour Government really needs to get its act together over the health service in Wales. We deserve better than this."