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BMA Cymru Wales statement on winter pressures

BMA’s Welsh consultants committee chair Dr Phil Banfield, said:

“Hospitals and GP surgeries could feel the potentially devastating impact of a cold winter, bad flu season, and the impact of Brexit over the coming months, with the health service in Wales facing its worst-ever winter. 

“The proportion of patients waiting in A&E for longer than four hours is increasing and our members regularly report having patients waiting on trolleys to be seen, for hours on end. This, along with doctors facing punitive pension taxes, meaning senior clinicians are unable to take on more shifts, paints a sad and bleak picture. Patient care will suffer if something isn’t done about this now. It’s distressing for patients and for the staff caring for them, who often take the brunt for chronic underfunding. 

“Quite simply, the only way to avoid a disaster is for more beds, and more staff, to be made available; both in secondary care and in the community.  Social care and community services must be able to take patients, to free up beds in our hospitals, seven days a week. The only way for this to happen is for additional funds to be made available, before it’s too late. 

“Welsh Government needs to take this more seriously, as there is a very real chance of lives being needlessly lost.”

For further information please contact:

BMA Cymru Wales, Fifth floor, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF10 4DQ
Telephone: 029 2047 4626
Mobile: 07500 765994
Email: Carla Murphy ([email protected])