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Four hour targets for accident and emergency are to be scrapped

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3122
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The government has said it will scrap the four hour waiting time target in accident and emergency departments switching its focus instead to “measuring what matters most to patients”—quality and outcomes of care.

    The health secretary Andrew Lansley revealed the plan during questions in the House of Commons after he announced that a full public inquiry would take place into the failing of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (BMJ 2010;340:c3117 doi: 10.1136/bmj.c3117).

    Mr Lansley said that over the coming weeks the government will set out further NHS reforms that deal …

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