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Number of A&E patients waiting more than four hours is highest since 2004

Publié par Clifford Armion le 31/05/2012

Randeep Ramesh

The proportion of patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency has increased by a quarter, reaching its highest level since 2004, according to an analysis by an influential health thinktank.

Despite the prime minister's promise last June to keep A&E waiting times low, the King's Fund says they increased sharply in the six months to March this year. More than 4% of patients – 226,000 people – waited more than four hours in A&E in the last 90 days analysed, an increase of nearly 18% on the previous quarter.

The government said that the fund had focused on the wrong measure of waiting time, and that more clinical staff were working in the NHS now than in May 2010. But John Appleby, the report's author and the chief economist of the King's Fund, dismissed ministers' charges, saying the new datasets from the Department of Health were not "robust" and the report was a "reflection of what's going on with the NHS".
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"Number of A&E patients waiting more than four hours is highest since 2004", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2012. Consulté le 05/12/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/number-of-a-e-patients-waiting-more-than-four-hours-is-highest-since-2004