NHS in crisis: A&E waiting times in England hit record worst level

This is the worst three-month performance since the target was introduced in 2004

 

NHS Accident and Emergency departments in England have failed to meet a government a four-hour wait target for the past three months, according to new figures from NHS England.

Just 91.8 per cent of patients were seen within four hours between January and March, making this the worst three-month performance since the target was introduced in 2004.

The government’s target is that 95 per cent of patients should wait no longer than four hours in A&E.

The news 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 earlier this year 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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