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Welsh Government criticised for hospital discharge delays

07 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Plaid Cymru’s spokesperson for Housing, Mabon ap Gwynfor

Plaid Cymru has called for the Welsh Government to “heed lessons” following the publication of a report showing patients suffering as a result of hospital discharge delays.

The report by Healthcare Inspectorate Wales’ (HIW) ‘National Review of Patient Flow’, published today (7 September) states that “patients are not always receiving the care they need in a timely and appropriate manner” as a result of inefficient patient flow through the healthcare system.

Following the report, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS, Plaid Cymru’s health and care spokesperson, has criticised the government for “failure to invest” in community care.

Mr ap Gwynfor says that a reduction in the number of hospital beds, which has not been matched with a promised investment into care closer to home, is a “fundamental” issue.


“Labour Welsh Government must heed the lessons from this extremely important report by HIW, and ensure further patients don’t suffer needlessly as a result of delays to movement through the health and care systems,” he said.

“The issue of slow patient flow through hospitals due to a lack of community care is not a new one. Indeed, when I was elected two years ago, I raised it then. I welcome the fact that this report gives further credence to the concerns I raised then.

“Delays to patient flow through hospitals is complex issue, but there are fundamental issues at play: Wales has seen thousands of hospital beds closed over the last two decades. Each time we’ve been told that care is better delivered closer to home and whilst that is undoubtedly true, the Labour Government has singularly failed to properly invest in that community care.

“As a consequence of the lack of investment into that care ‘closer to home’, we are overly dependent on an army of voluntary carers. In turn, many of these carers are woefully under supported.

“Thanks to Plaid Cymru and our Co-operation Agreement, the Welsh Government is now seriously looking at closer working between health and social care, but this work needs to happen sooner rather than later.

“This report by the HIW will hopefully put some rocket fuel into this work so that we can see the vast improvements that are so desperately needed.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

Diolch Mabon…

Dr Andrew Potts
Dr Andrew Potts
7 months ago

I’ve previously written about social care: Why the debate around a National Care Service may put a strain on Plaid and Labour’s co-operation agreement While the co-operation agreement seeks ways of paying for a National Care Service (which is very expensive and mainly benefit people who are relatively well off) there is nothing to suggest how to reform health and social care (which is desperately needed). Perhaps Plaid can use their influence to bring about the change and investment needed rather than spending political capital on relatively minor issues (in the grand scheme of things) such as second homes council… Read more »

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