A&E delays: why did patients wait longer last winter?

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Research and analysis of increased waiting times in accident and emergency departments, October-December 2014/15.

In quarter 3 2014/15, the performance of accident and emergency departments (A&E) against the 4-hour standard reached its lowest in 10 years.

This detailed report shows that the target 4-hour emergency care indicator is a measure of the performance of the whole health and care system, not just emergency care departments; the findings show that across England the rest of the hospital struggled to cope with the increase in admissions because of very high occupancy rates.

A&E delays: Last winter at a glance

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