Thursday, 8 March 2018

Waiting times targets failing the sickest patients

Waiting times targets failing the sickest patients The King’s Fund is calling on the NHS to ensure that the way waiting time targets are implemented prevents increasing numbers of patients from facing long waits for hospital treatment.

Launched ahead of new figures on A&E performance in February due out later today (Thursday 8 March), the Fund’s latest Quarterly Monitoring Report (QMR) shows that in January, the number of patients waiting for more than four hours after a decision to admit them to hospital from A&E (trolley waits) rose to 81,003, with 1,043 waiting more 12 hours – both the highest on record. These patients are usually waiting for a bed in hospital and are most in need of treatment.

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