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Patient flow issues caused longer A&E waits last winter, Monitor says

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 07 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4780
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The inability of most emergency departments in England to meet the four hour maximum waiting time standard last winter was largely attributable to problems in other parts of the health and social care system, a new analysis by the health sector regulator Monitor has found.

A&E Delays: Why Did Patients Wait Longer Last Winter?1 2 3 examined why 91% of NHS trusts had failed to meet the target to see 95% of patients in emergency (A&E) departments within four hours last winter—the sector’s worst performance in 10 years.4

After conducting a detailed analysis of data from across the NHS including hospital episode statistics, situation reports on weekly A&E attendances and emergency admissions, and quarterly bed availability and occupancy returns, Monitor concluded …

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