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A&E wait times still missing target

The proportion of patients seen within four hours at A&E departments in England has failed to meet the target of 95% for the 31st week in a row.

NHS England figures show 94.1% of patients spent four hours or less from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge in the week ending May 3, a slight drop on the previous week when 94.3% were seen within the time limit.

The 95% target has not been met since the week ending September 28, but today's figure is the second closest it has got since the week ending October 5, when 94.5% patients were seen within the timeframe.

There were a total of 433,300 attendances at A&E - down from 434,500 the previous week.

Of these, 107,800 were emergency admissions, a jump from 105,300 a week earlier.

The amount of people who had to wait more than four hours was the same at 5,400.

Four people spent more than 12 hours waiting from decision to admit to admission.

Dr Barbara Hakin, national director of commissioning operations for NHS England, said: "These figures represent another outstanding effort from everyone given the continuing pressure on the service."


From Belfast Telegraph