As reported by the BBC, the director for the Royal College of Nursing in Wales has observed that frontline staff are facing ‘a real battle to make sure patients get the care they require.’

Coming under severe pressure, the Hywel Dda Health Board has cancelled planned operations at four hospitals.

The reasons for this crisis are not new and have arisen each winter across the NHS for the past few years. The impact of winter bugs, the increasing demands on Accident and Emergency, a shortage of staff, and increased pressure on hospital bed capacity due to problems with social care provision all combine to create a situation where patient care can suffer.

This follows a report last month that Accident and Emergency services in Wales had been at a record low performance rate for three months in succession.

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