Janet Finch-Saunders outlines need for Patient Guarantee
The Welsh Conservative candidate for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders – has discussed her party’s pledge to introduce a Patient Guarantee, to ensure that no individual is left waiting more than a year for treatment. It comes as the region’s health board has revealed that over 44,000 patients in North Wales have been left waiting more than a year for an operation.
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board estimates that clearing the resulting backlog could take as long as five years. During last night’s Daily Post hustings, Janet made clear her support for plans to maximise the potential of a North Wales Medical School so that staff are trained and retained locally.
Underlining her positive plans for change, Janet said:
“It’s a sad fact that, under Labour, the 95% target of patients waiting fewer than 26 weeks hasn’t been met for 10 years. An entrenched issue even before the pandemic, this has had an all too real and negative impact on the health and well-being of many local residents. “As I made clear in the Daily Post hustings last night, under the Welsh Conservative Patient Guarantee, we would also use capacity in independent hospitals and work with the UK Government to ensure that patients can receive treatment cross border, where capacity allows. “I am also firmly of the belief that fast tracking the development of a North Wales medical school should play a major role in addressing the spiralling waiting list crisis across the region. Maximising this potential would make it easier for the Betsi Board to recruit and be a vital first step to expanding the North Wales medical offer.”