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Impact of the waiting times backlog on people in Wales who are waiting for diagnosis or treatment

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The waiting lists for diagnostic and therapy appointments and surgical treatment in Wales have significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The equivalent of around 1 in 5 of the Welsh population is on an NHS waiting list, and around 37 per cent of people waiting to start treatment have been waiting over 9 months.


The Health and Social Care Committee is holding a short inquiry into the impact of the waiting times backlog on people in Wales who are waiting for diagnosis or treatment.


The Committee is considering in particular:



>>>The services in place for people who are waiting for diagnostics and treatment, particularly pain management support.

>>>Access to psychological therapies and emotional support for those who may be experiencing anxiety or distress as a result of long waiting times.

>>>The contribution the third sector can make in providing peer support and information to patients waiting on an NHS waiting list.

>>>The effectiveness of messaging and engagement with the public about the demands on the service and the importance of seeking care promptly.

>>>The extent to which inequalities exist in the elective backlog, with deprived areas facing disproportionately large waiting lists per head of population compared to least deprived areas.

>>>Plans to fully restore planned NHS care in Wales.



The closing date for submissions is Thursday 13 January 2022.


Along with your submission, you should provide the following information:



>>>Your name and contact details as the person, or organisation, submitting the evidence.

>>>Whether your evidence is submitted as an individual, or on behalf of an organisation.

>>>If you are submitting evidence as an individual, confirmation that you are over 18 years old.

>>>If you are under 13 years old, your parent or guardian’s agreement that you can participate (this can be provided via email).

>>>Confirmation of whether you would prefer that your name is not published alongside your evidence (names of individuals under 18 years old will not be published).

>>>Confirmation of whether you would like the committee to treat any or all of your written evidence as confidential, with reasons for the request.

>>>If you have referred to a third party in your evidence, such as a parent, spouse or relative, confirmation that they have agreed that you can share information that may be used to identify them and that they understand that it will be published.



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Health and Social Care Committee,

Welsh Parliament,


CF99 1SN


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Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Health and Social Care Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Telephone: 0300 200 6565