NHS in crisis: A&E waiting times in England hit record worst level

7 April 2015

NHS in crisis: A&E waiting times in England hit record worst level

NHS in crisis: A&E waiting times in England hit record worst level

A&E departments in NHS hospitals hit their worst three-month performance since the target was introduced in 2004, according to new statistics.

NHS Accident and Emergency departments in England have failed to meet a government a four-hour wait target for the past three months, according figures just released from NHS England. 

The new figures reveal that just 91.8 per cent of patients were seen within four hours between January and March, making this the worst three-month performance since the target was introduced in 2004.

The government’s target is that 95 per cent of patients should wait no longer than four hours in A&E.

Last year figures were released showing that around 7 per cent of patients had to wait in A&E for more than four hours at the end of last year – the worst figures since records were first collected.

This news comes in the wake of the results of the GP Patient Survey earlier this year which showed that more than one in 10 people were unable to get an appointment to see or speak to a GP or Practice Nurse the last time they tried.

According to the survey, 10.91 per cent of those questioned were unable to see a qualified medical professional, up from 8.85 per cent in 2011.

Delays in medical investigation can lead to exacerbation of a current condition or delayed diagnosis when time is of the essence. In cases such as fractures, injury or severe respiratory conditions, for example, these can often lead to a worsening of the existing condition and potentially heighten the risk of medical negligence.

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