12 June 2019
Source: BBC News
Almost 35,000 people at risk of permanent sight loss are waiting too long for eye care, according to new statistics from the Welsh Government.
It has introduced a new target aimed at prioritising the most urgent patients and preventing those with treatable conditions losing their sight.
The figures mean almost 35% of all patients in the highest risk category waited longer than the target time.
No health board met the target to see 95% of the most serious cases on time.
The worst-performing health board was Cardiff and the Vale where 48.6% of patients at risk of irreversible sight loss waited longer.
RNIB Cymru described the figures as “extremely worrying” but welcomed the publication of the new measure as a “turning point” in understanding the delays eye care patients face.
The Welsh Government is giving health boards more than £10m to improve eye care services.
Read the full story on the BBC News Wales website