Hospital waiting times double

Published on Friday, 12 August 2011 15:22
Posted by Scott Buckler

The number of people waiting more than four hours in A&E; in England has nearly doubled in the past year, according to Department of Health figures

Between April and June this year, 165,279 patients were not dealt with within the recommended four hour time limit.

In the same quarter in the previous year 86,626 people were not seen on time.

The Department said the figures were still on target.

Official government policy says patients should not wait more than four hours in accident and emergency between arriving and being admitted, transferred or discharged.

The target is for 95% of patients to be seen within that time.

Of the 5.4 million patients seen by A&E; departments in the past quarter 96.99% were seen within four hours. In the same period in 2010 98.43% were seen on time.

Last week a survey of the top-performing NHS foundation trusts found that around one in six were concerned about their abililty to meet the four-hour target in the current financial year.

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