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Extra funding for Welsh NHS to avoid another ‘Stafford’

Health boards in Wales are failing to meet two key targets for patient treatment times, says BBC Wales.

According to the Welsh Government nobody should be waiting over 36 weeks for hospital treatment after being referred by their GP, but since March there's been a steep rise in the number of patients that have waited longer.

In August 13,147 patients across Wales had waited longer than nine months, which is 3.1% of all patients waiting. The three health board areas cited as having the worst statistics are Cardiff and Vale (with 4.8% of patients waiting longer than 36 weeks), Cwm Taf (4.7%) and Betsi Cadwaladr (4.3%).

Another target which Wales is apparently falling short on is that 95% of patients should be treated within 26 weeks. Only 88% of patients across Wales had been treated within that time, says BBC Wales.

On Tuesday this week it was announced that the Welsh NHS would be given £570m of extra funding over three years during the Welsh Government's draft budget.

Finance Minister Jane Hutt said the extra money would help the NHS in Wales to avoid a scandal such as the one in Stafford Hospital, where hundreds of patients died as a result of neglect and abuse.