Letters Emergency four hour targets

Financial and target gaming in hospital emergency departments

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4197 (Published 19 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4197
  1. Stephen Bamber, general practitioner1
  1. 1Swan Lane Surgery, Tharston NR15 2UY, UK
  1. sbamber{at}nhs.net

The King’s Fund has reported that the proportion of patients being seen within the four hour target in hospital emergency departments in England still meets the government target of 95%.1 Appearances can be deceptive.

A recent study of data collected from our …

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