I am shocked to see how long people have to wait for hip replacement surgery. I knew it could be a while, but 112 weeks is unacceptable.
Joint replacement surgery can make a huge difference in quality of life for the recipients and it is terrible to think of someone suffering for as long as two years without treatment.
Hip replacement surgery waiting times at a Denbighshire hospital have been branded an "outrage" by an assembly member. The health board confirmed the wait at Glan Clwyd Hospital is 112 weeks. The Welsh Government recognised orthopaedics as a "challenging area" but said "some of the waiting times are simply not acceptable." Hip surgery now represents the widest gap in NHS performance between Wales and England according to statistics, where the average wait in England is 76 days compared to 226 in Wales. Mr Millar, who represents Clwyd West, said patients having to wait over two years for life-changing surgery is "unacceptable." "Such a huge delay in treatment has a huge impact on quality of life, and can be costly for the NHS given that conditions can deteriorate and require more complicated and expensive surgery further down the line," he said.