NHS in crisis: Government misses A&E waiting time target for twenty-second week in a row

NHS A&E departments in England have once again failed to meet a target of seeing 95 per cent patients within four hours

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NHS Accident and Emergency departments in England failed to meet a government target for the twenty-second week in a row, according to new figures from NHS England.

91.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in the week ending March 1, a slight fall on the previous week when 92 per cent of patients were seen within four hours.The Government’s target is that 95 per cent of patients should wait no longer than four hours in A&E.

This comes on the back of recent figures showing that around 7 per cent of patients had to wait in A&E for more than four hours at the end of last year – the worst figures since records were first collected.

Meanwhile last month it was revealed that more than one in 10 people were unable to get an appointment to see or speak to a GP or Practice Nurse the last time they tried, according to the GP Patient Survey.

According to the survey, 10.91 per cent of those questioned were unable to see a qualified medical professional, up from 8.85 per cent in 2011.

James Bloodworth is the editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twittter

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