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Wales NHS: Long waiting times 'to detriment of every patient'

NHS patients in Wales wait longer for treatment and diagnosis than patients in England for nearly all the main categories, BBC Wales can reveal.

Hip operations showed the biggest difference of four months, with an average wait in England of 75 days compared to 197 in Wales in 2014/15.

Diagnosis of heart disease takes on average 10 days longer in Wales.

Deputy Health Minister Vaughan Gething called for a focus on the results of treatment, not just waiting times.

Tim Havard, a consultant surgeon with the Royal College of Surgeons, said patients were suffering because of the waits.

  • 28 Jan 2016
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