The Minister for Health and Social Services had to brace himself for severe scrutiny on dental surgery in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board this week. This was as a result of Janet Finch-Saunders, Assembly Member for Aberconwy, holding the Welsh Government to account for the fact that the Welsh NHS saw the highest ever percentage of patient pathways waiting between 26 and 36 weeks to start treatment for oral surgery in September.
After scrutinising the Minister, Janet said:
“Around 1,600 patient pathways were waiting over the target waiting time for oral surgery at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in September.
“As I told the Minister, the delayed treatment is hurting my constituents.
“One has been waiting most of the year to see an infected tooth removed.
“It is unacceptable that residents are being left to wait with facial swellings, infections, and serious pain, for dental treatment.
“Whilst I welcome the fact that a review of urgent and emergency dental provision has commenced, the situation provides further evidence of the continued crisis in our health board”.