Nearly 40% of hospitals missed emergency department waiting time target in last quarter, show figures

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3618
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The proportion of patients in England waiting for four hours or longer in hospital emergency departments reached a nine year high in the last quarter of 2012-13, as nearly four in every 10 hospitals breached the government’s target on waiting times, new figures have shown.

More than 313 000 patients—almost 6%—waited for four hours or longer in emergency departments between January and March 2013, the highest since 2004.

The figures, detailed in the latest quarterly report from the health think tank the King’s Fund 1, represent a rise of more than a third on the previous quarter, up from 232 000 patients, and of nearly 40% on the same period in 2011-12, when 226 021 patients waited more than four hours.

Between January and March 2013 nearly 40% of …

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