Welcome to this week’s edition of the news summary blog. This week’s latest edition covers major health news from 16th to 23rd March. This week A&E performance in Wales has been the worst on record, automatic pay rises promised to NHS staff have been cancelled and a study published suggests that tai chi could manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
In Wales the proportion of patients spending under the four hours target time in A&E was the lowest since records started. The overall percentage of those waiting over 12 hours was at its highest. Although the data was collected in Wales it reflects the performance figures across other parts of the UK as well. The figures highlight the increasing stress on the NHS especially over the winter period. Extra pressure was placed on the NHS by the worst flu season that has occurred for several years. Politicians have stated that the missed targets are due to a health service that is under significant pressure and lacks proper planning and funding from the government.