Covid: Welsh NHS warns waiting list backlog could take years to clear

Covid: Welsh NHS warns waiting list backlog could take years to clear

9/26/2021 7:15:00 PM

Covid: Welsh NHS warns waiting list backlog could take years to clear

The head of the body representing Welsh health boards delivers a bleak outlook to patients.

"There's the front door that has people arriving with needs of urgent care."There are people in hospitals, and a capacity in hospitals is greatly reduced because of all the infection prevention and control measures we're having to use.

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"Exactly the same for the ambulance service, it's not like it was pre-Covid. Ambulances needed to be thoroughly disinfected between calls."So capacity is actually down - the number of people we can see everyday is down in primary care, in hospitals.

"Things are really tough, and I think we need to be honest with the public, it's going to continue to be tough for the foreseeable future."And what I would say to politicians is, we are seeing recognition from the health minister of how serious things are, we're speaking to politicians of all parties... things are going to be incredibly tough, not just the this month, this year, but for a few years to come."

His warning was echoed by Health Minister Eluned Morgan in June when she said it would "probably will take the whole length of this Senedd term [five years] to get us back to pre pandemic levels".In an interview on Friday, she said: "The system is under huge pressure at the moment. That pressure is worse than anything we have seen at any point in the pandemic.

"And of course we are determined to try and work through the enormous backlog that has been built up during the pandemic."But it is very difficult to do that when the pressure on the system is coming at us from so many directions." Read more: BBC Health News »

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