Of the news regarding increased pressures facing the Welsh NHS, Tina Donnelly CBE TD DL CCMI, Director, RCN Wales, said:
“During the current winter period the NHS is experiencing heightened pressures all across the UK. In Wales, we are acutely aware that due to a stretch in services our A&E departments are running at full capacity. This is concerning for both patients and staff, who are being placed under undue stress due to a health system that is failing them."
"Our nursing workforce are facing significantly increasing pressures which are not only having an effect on their morale but their health and wellbeing. Staff shortages is one of our key concerns and departments such as A&E are currently lacking the staffing numbers able to cope with the rise in demand. Examples such as this highlight why we are currently campaigning for legislation to enshrine safe nurse staffing levels in Welsh law, which will ultimately ensure the safety of those using our health service."
"We would also urge the Welsh Government to place more of a focus on increasing resources in our community services and social care. Measures such as this will help tackle the increase in demand faced by A&E services and ensure that patients are being treated in the most appropriate setting."
"Patients and staff in the Welsh NHS deserve more than they are currently being given and a long-term solution needs to be established in order to ensure that we tackle pressures such as these, not just during the winter period, but all year-round.”