A&E target missed for 26th time

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Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The proportion of patients seen within four hours at A&E departments in England has failed to meet the target of 95% for the 26th week in a row.

NHS England figures show that 92% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending March 29.

This was down on the previous week when 93.2% were seen within the time limit.

Last month the Department of Health confirmed the NHS has failed to meet its target every week of the winter, meaning the average for the whole year has not been met.

The target has not been hit since the week ending September 28.

The week saw more than 445,000 attendances at A&E, down from 446,000 the previous week.

A spokesman for the Conservative Party said: “A&E units across the UK faced unprecedented demand this winter, but English A&Es see 3,000 more patients a day within four hours than in 2009, and perform better than Scotland, Northern Ireland and Labour-run Wales, so it is completely wrong for Labour to try to turn this into a political football.

“Thanks to a strong and growing economy, we are investing £2 billion in the front line next year to transform care in the community and take the pressure off hospitals.”

Published: Tuesday 7th April 2015 by The News Editor

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