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Emergency care target missed again

Waiting times in accident and emergency departments at NHS hospitals in England improved slightly last week, but still failed to meet the target of 95% of patients seen within four hours.

NHS England said 94.2% of patients were admitted, transferred or discharged within the four-hour limit in the week ending May 17 , up from 93.4% the previous week.

It is the 33rd week in succession that the goal of 95% has been missed.

The target has not been met since the week ending September 28, but today's figure represents the third best performance since then.

There were just over 440,700 attendances at A&E in the week ending May 17 - down from 444,400 the previous week.

Of these,107,200 were emergency admissions, a jump from 106,000 a week earlier.

The amount of emergency admissions who had to wait more than four hours was 5,300, compared to 6,600 the previous week.

Four people were forced to spend more than 12 hours waiting from decision to admit to admission, down from 13 a week earlier.

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