A call for action to tackle the number of people waiting for NHS treatments has been made by local Member of the Senedd, Paul Davies. During a Welsh Conservative debate yesterday (10th March), Mr Davies talked about the need to address the growing number of people waiting for routine NHS treatments in the Hywel Dda Health Board area and called on the Welsh Government to develop a recovery plan that tackles the backlog as we move out of the Covid-pandemic.
Mr Davies said, “There are thousands of people waiting more than 36 weeks for routine NHS treatments and it’s vital that the Welsh Government starts tackling the growing waiting lists and provides clarity to people waiting for treatment. Many people in Pembrokeshire are anxious, frustrated and in some cases, waiting for treatment in severe discomfort and pain. The Welsh Government must publish a recovery plan for the NHS in the wake of the Covid pandemic and look at how it can expedite treatments for those that need them. I’ve called on the Minister to consider the additional capacity developed for the pandemic, like the field hospitals that were established, to see what sort of role they could play in delivering health services in the interim to help try and tackle the growing waiting lists across the country.”