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NHS in England: Four hour emergency department target hits record low

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 10 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2719
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

The performance of accident and emergency departments in England hit a record low in October with fewer than 70% of patients seen within the target four hours for the first time since records began in 2004, according to the latest official data.

NHS England, however, has highlighted a 60% drop in the numbers of people having to wait for 18 months or longer for routine treatment.

The latest monthly NHS performance data1 for emergency departments showed a mixed picture but one dominated by worsening achievements in the NHS overall.

Just 69.3% of people attending emergency departments were seen in under four hours in October, a fall from 71% in September and well …

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