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Letters Emergency four hour targets

Financial and target gaming in hospital emergency departments

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (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}

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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