Damning report

First published in Letters

THE CONCEPT that health care Wales is the Cinderella of Britain is reinforced by the stroke services report.

An overall damning E rating for all but one of 12 Welsh hospitals doesn’t paint a rosy picture for those of us all too possibly at risk.

It is worrying, to say the least, that the Royal Gwent avoided the axe by a mere 6% of patients being scanned within an hour of admission – 56% is a woeful record and hardly reassuring to the neglected and terrified 44% waiting on trollies.

Come on, why are we talking about human lives in terms of percentages?

Professor Rudd, chairman of the working party, speaks of “unacceptable variations”. Too right, guys; let them hear about it in Cardiff Bay and Westminster. There’s no point relying on a glass slipper.

Julian R. Powell Larch Grove Malpas Newport

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6:40pm Thu 29 May 14

scraptheWAG says...

you might have to wait months for a second rate service but at least the signs are in welsh
you might have to wait months for a second rate service but at least the signs are in welsh scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

8:23pm Thu 29 May 14

Mervyn James says...

Stay healthy, DON'T use the NHS ! (It's full of sick people)...
Stay healthy, DON'T use the NHS ! (It's full of sick people)... Mervyn James
  • Score: -5

11:34pm Thu 29 May 14

landyman3030 says...

Pat on the back for the WAG. Fifteen years of this level of incompetence and waste of hundreds of millions of euros takes a level of commitment rarely seen in this age of the Eurocrats. Carry boy you and yours are wasted in the bay. You all ought to get one way tickets to the promised land of Kinnock Kingdom ( Brussels or Strasbourg depending if there is a d in the day ). You guys are awesome.
Pat on the back for the WAG. Fifteen years of this level of incompetence and waste of hundreds of millions of euros takes a level of commitment rarely seen in this age of the Eurocrats. Carry boy you and yours are wasted in the bay. You all ought to get one way tickets to the promised land of Kinnock Kingdom ( Brussels or Strasbourg depending if there is a d in the day ). You guys are awesome. landyman3030
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Sat 31 May 14

Carwyn Jones says...

I thought I was doing a pretty good job, you ungrateful bunch of prats.
I thought I was doing a pretty good job, you ungrateful bunch of prats. Carwyn Jones
  • Score: 2

9:50pm Sat 31 May 14

pwlldu says...

More than 1,800 Caerphilly county borough residents waited over an hour for a first response after calling 999 for an ambulance last year.

There are deeply ingrained problems within our emergency care services and these figures lay bare their true extent. Despite the hard work of front line staff, more evidence of severe delays and unacceptable waits make for hugely distressing reading.

While committed staff put in long hours and huge sacrifices, the Welsh NHS continues to struggle to deliver a step change in performance as a result of Labour's record breaking NHS budget cuts.
More than 1,800 Caerphilly county borough residents waited over an hour for a first response after calling 999 for an ambulance last year. There are deeply ingrained problems within our emergency care services and these figures lay bare their true extent. Despite the hard work of front line staff, more evidence of severe delays and unacceptable waits make for hugely distressing reading. While committed staff put in long hours and huge sacrifices, the Welsh NHS continues to struggle to deliver a step change in performance as a result of Labour's record breaking NHS budget cuts. pwlldu
  • Score: -2

9:41am Sun 1 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

Apparently the new advice is, do not attend a hospital at weekends.
Apparently the new advice is, do not attend a hospital at weekends. Mervyn James
  • Score: -1

10:34am Sun 1 Jun 14

Frankfurt says...

A friend was recently treated in the Royal Gwent for a stroke and regards the service he had as very good and he is recovering.
A friend was recently treated in the Royal Gwent for a stroke and regards the service he had as very good and he is recovering. Frankfurt
  • Score: 3

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