Morriston Hospital in Swansea warned its emergency department can only admit patients with a life-threatening illness or serious injury.
A Welsh government spokesperson said: “We have taken early and decisive action to keep Wales safe in light of the spread of the highly-transmissible Omicron variant.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-59859171
The Welsh Health Secretary makes no comment. The leaders of the opposition parties are silent.
In November 2021, as waiting times grew in Scottish hospitals, the Scottish Government issued new guidelines:
The new guidance means patients with non-life threatening issues will now be referred to GPs or pharmacies.
Some A&Es already have clinicians assessing people at the door to see if they should be admitted or not.
The guidance gives senior nurses and doctors a script to go through with patients to see if they require emergency treatment or could be seen elsewhere.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-59152714
The Scottish Health Secretary was obliged to defend advice based on expert opinion and the BMA and Labour’s Jackie Baillie was platformed to say:
‘The health secretary is detached from reality if he thinks the biggest problem here is crowds of people desperate to spend 12 hours sitting in A&E for no good reason.’
Only in Scotland, is the state broadcaster engaged in a process of undermining the pandemic response to enable point-scoring by political groups obsessed with the constitution.