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Latest waiting time figures for emergency departments in England are worst on record

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 12 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1658

When will they ever learn?

Dear Editors

24 months since my last comments on waiting time figures (

Going through it, I would not change a single word to comment on this latest news

Time to stop measuring 4-hour target compliance and start looking at bed occupancy, which is probably the real indicator of hospital overcrowding and mortality

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 April 2018
Shyan Goh
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sydney, Australia