A&E target missed for 21st week

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Accident and emergency departments in England failed to meet the target of 95% of patients seen within four hours again but were up slightly on the previous week.

NHS England said 92% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending February 22, an increase from 91.6% a week earlier .

It marks the 21st week in a row that the target has been missed.

The improved waiting times coincided with a drop in A&E attendances to 406,200.

This was down from 420,700 the previous week, when the level of admissions reached its highest levels since the peak seen at Christmas.

National director of commissioning operations for NHS England Dame Barbara Hakin said: “A&E departments continue to experience high levels of demand but we saw a slight improvement in performance this week.”

Last week also saw the level of emergency admissions drop to 104,800 from 107,200 the previous week.

The number of people who had to wait for more than four hours was 8,000, down from 8,900 a week earlier.

The number of instances of ”bed-blocking” were slightly down, with 3,900 hospitals beds unavailable for incoming patients because of delays in transfers of occupants to care elsewhere, compared to 4,000 the previous week.

The NHS 111 phoneline received 261,000 calls, NHS England said.

Published: Friday 27th February 2015 by The News Editor

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