NHS hospitals in England record worst ever A&E performance

NHS hospitals in England record worst ever A&E performance

NHS hospitals in England record worst ever A&E performance

The four-hour A&E target was missed in January for the 30th month in a row with 85.3 per cent of patients seen on time, marginally better than the 85.1 per cent in December but still far away from the NHS target of 95 per cent.

Meanwhile, the proportion of patients receiving A&E-type care at all types of settings within the four-hour window climbed to 85.3% last month.

Hospitals recorded their worst performance against the four-hour A&E treatment target last month as the NHS came under unprecedented strain because of winter and the flu outbreak.

This is the first time the "trolley waits" figures have exceeded 1,000 and is more than double the 500 people who waited more than 12 hours in December.

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Official figures released today confirmed that A&E waiting time performance is at its worst level on record, and more than a thousand patients were left waiting for 12 hours or more in trolleys waiting for a bed.

81,003 patients waited for more than four hours to be seen, treated or discharged.

'I think we're beyond the time when words from me will make a difference.

In total, there were just over 81,000 four hour delays across all NHS Trusts, which was over 1000 more than a year ago and the highest recorded so far.

It comes after last month's accident and emergency waiting time targets had the second lowest result on record.

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"The last six weeks has seen the acute services of the NHS under a sustained period of stress due to "normal" winter pressures along with a surge in influenza", Dr Scriven added.

NHS England said more than 1.7 million patients were seen within four hours last month, an increase of nearly 6 per cent on the daily average for the same month previous year. But today's figures show that these short term measures to create extra capacity in the NHS are insufficient to meet NHS performance targets.

'Neither of these were unpredictable but both have combined to cause the issues that have been widely reported across the country.

Rebecca Jones, Communications Officer of the Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Trust, said: "Seeing patients coming through our Emergency Department in a timely manner isn't just an ED team effort, it's the whole hospital working together as a unit to ensure there are beds for incoming patients".

'Last year we coined the phrase "eternal winter", but the last month and a half has shown an even steeper decline in performance as demonstrated by all the data available'.

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The Royal College of Nursing has called for proper investment in health and social care services to prevent this from happening again next winter.

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