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A&E wait time target breached again

Published 15/05/2015

NHS England said 93.4% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge
NHS England said 93.4% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge

The waiting time target for patients going to accident and emergency departments in England has been breached for the 32nd week in a row, according to the latest figures.

NHS England said 93.4% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge last week.

This was a dip on the last couple of weeks, when figures had been their best since early October.

During the previous week 94.1% were seen within the time frame and 94.3% were a week earlier, but the target has not actually been met since the week ending September 28.

There were a total of 444,400 attendances at A&E in the week ending May 10 - up from 433,300 the previous week.

Of these,106,000 were emergency admissions, a jump from 107,800 a week earlier.

The amount of emergency admissions who had to wait more than four hours was 6,600, compared with 5,400 the previous week.

There was also a rise in the number of people spending more than 12 hours waiting from decision to admit to admission, with 13 people forced to wait this long, compared with four a week earlier.

An NHS England spokesman said: "These latest figures show our frontline staff continue to deliver an excellent service while coming under sustained pressure."

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