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A&E wait time target breached again

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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