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A&E target missed for 27th time

The proportion of patients seen within four hours at A&E departments in England has failed to meet the target of 95% again, meaning it has been missed for 27 weeks in a row.

NHS England said 92.4% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending April 5.

This was up slightly from the previous week, when it was 92%.

The target of 95% has not been hit since the week ending September 28.

There were 441,100 attendances in A&E, down slightly on the previous week when it was 445,000.

The number of people waiting for more than four hours was 7,500 - down from 7,700 a week earlier.

Dr Barbara Hakin, national director of commissioning operations for NHS England, said: "The demands on the NHS front line remain high but we continue to deliver good services in the face of this pressure, admitting or treating and discharging more than nine out of 10 patients within four hours."

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

NHS England figures show there were more than 440,000 attendances in A&E in the week ending April 5, down from more than 445,000 the week before.

There were 22 patients who spent more than 12 h ours waiting, up from three a week earlier.

Most of these - 15 - were at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London.

Last week it emerged that the proportion of patients seen within four hours at A&E departments in England has dropped to its worst level in a decade.

The average for the fourth quarter of the past year - from January to March - was just 91.8%.

Labour said this was the worst on record since the first quarter of 2004.


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