Why do we wait?

First published in Letters

RON JONES sadly passed away after waiting far too long for a life saving operation. His partner Pam wants answers as to why people in Wales wait so long, and quite right too.

The average waiting time in England is 38 weeks, in Wales its 180 weeks, would someone like to explain why?

My youngest sister had open heart surgery in January, a few days after her 50th birthday, she was told she needed this op aged 46. She was desperate by then and wouldn’t have lasted much longer without the op. She can’t praise the hospital staff highly enough, it’s not their fault, she suffered far too long.

She doesn’t drink or smoke, she was told she was probably born with the problem, it wasn’t picked up on until she was 46, its unacceptable people in Wales are treated years later than people in England. Why is this allowed to happen? I’m sure people in Wales would be happy to cross a bridge if it meant getting earlier operations, these operations don’t just change lives, they save lives, so waiting times are unacceptable.

People fly here for operations, sort Welsh patients first please.

Mrs M Reynolds Newport

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11:54am Fri 7 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

It's my opinion, shared I know by many others, that sadly it's government policy to run down the NHS in order to justify privatising as much of it as they can.
It's my opinion, shared I know by many others, that sadly it's government policy to run down the NHS in order to justify privatising as much of it as they can. GardenVarietyMushroom
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3:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

NHS spending £105.254bn in 2012/13. Planned expenditure for 2013/14 is £109.956bn. Doesn't look like much of a rundown to me. The potential for improving efficiency in an operation that size is huge.
NHS spending £105.254bn in 2012/13. Planned expenditure for 2013/14 is £109.956bn. Doesn't look like much of a rundown to me. The potential for improving efficiency in an operation that size is huge. Llanmartinangel
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4:08pm Fri 7 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
NHS spending £105.254bn in 2012/13. Planned expenditure for 2013/14 is £109.956bn. Doesn't look like much of a rundown to me. The potential for improving efficiency in an operation that size is huge.
And how much of that already goes to private contracts?
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: NHS spending £105.254bn in 2012/13. Planned expenditure for 2013/14 is £109.956bn. Doesn't look like much of a rundown to me. The potential for improving efficiency in an operation that size is huge.[/p][/quote]And how much of that already goes to private contracts? GardenVarietyMushroom
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3:45pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Bobevans says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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It's my opinion, shared I know by many others, that sadly it's government policy to run down the NHS in order to justify privatising as much of it as they can.
So the WAG want to privatise the Welsh NHS?
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: It's my opinion, shared I know by many others, that sadly it's government policy to run down the NHS in order to justify privatising as much of it as they can.[/p][/quote]So the WAG want to privatise the Welsh NHS? Bobevans
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