The worst A&E waiting times in 10 years

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The worst A&E waiting times in 10 years

London accident and emergency departments were among the worst performers when meeting patient waiting times in the run up to Christmas, new figures reveal.  

Hospitals across England managed to treat 92.6 per cent of patients within the four-hour target between October and December – the worst result since the 95 per cent target was introduced in 2004.

The delays meant 414,736 patients in England waited more than four hours for treatment across the latest three-month period.

The previous lowest quarterly performance was 94.1 per cent, recorded in the first three months of 2013.

Separate weekly figures also released today reveal that London North West Healthcare Trust was the worst in the country for the seven days to December 21.

Just 53.7 per cent of the most seriously ill patients - those attending its main A&Es at Northwick Park and Ealing hospitals - were treated within four hours. The following week’s figure was 63.9 per cent - the second worst in England.

Of all patients seen by the trust - including those seen at its minor injuries units - the figures were 81.4 per cent and 85.9 per cent for the same two weeks.

There were also major problems at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, at the centre of the row over the proposed downgrading of Charing Cross hospital. The trust’s main A&Es delivered the seventh worst performance nationally in the week to December 21, with 70.2 per cent of patients treated within four hours.

Problems were recorded across London, with only three out of 19 trusts hitting the target up to December 21, and five out of 19 the following week.

Only two London hospitals hit the target on both weeks - Chelsea and Westminster, and Homerton, in Hackney.

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