Number of A&E patients treated within four hours at lowest ever level

The number of A&E patients being treated within the politically important four-hour target target has reached its lowest ever level, with hospitals managing to care for just 77.3% of patients within that time last month – far fewer than the 95% target.

Fewer than four out of five (77.3%) patients were treated and then admitted, discharged or transferred by emergency departments based at hospitals in England during December, what the NHS calls type 1 A&E units.

That was the worst performance since records began and even worse than the previous low of 77.6% recorded in January 2017 and the 79.3% seen in December 2016.



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