Mark Drakeford
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Cross-border heart ops may continue, says Mark Drakeford

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has told BBC Wales he is willing if necessary to continue to allow some heart patients to be sent to England for surgery.

The NHS in Wales is still struggling to meet waiting list targets for cardiac patients, according to a first annual performance report on heart services.

Targets for patients being seen within six months have not been met for more than two years.

But health boards now have a "stronger focus" to get to grips with delays.

The annual report was ordered by Health Minister Mark Drakeford to tackle heart disease, a major killer in Wales.

Mr Drakeford said it was not possible to "turn the tap" on when complicated surgery was concerned.

Mr Drakeford spoke to BBC Wales health correspondent Owain Clarke.

  • 29 Jul 2014
  • From the section Wales
Go to next video: 'Higher capacity' for heart ops needed