Bucks hospital trust misses its A&E target
THE Bucks hospital trust has missed the target for seeing A&E patients in four hours.
Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust saw 94.5 per cent of patients within four hours in the week to September 14. The target is 95 per cent. The trust has missed the target running.
Across England, the proportion of patients seen in A&E in less than four hours is at its lowest level in 18 months.
In the most recent week, ending October 12, 93.8 per cent of patients were
weeks seen within four hours. This is the lowest level since the week ending April 21, 2013, a point at which hospital trusts had missed targets for 13 weeks in a row.
The worst performing was the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. 30.7 per cent of patients waited more than four hours.
The Bucks trust said more people are using A&E and it ‘narrowly’ missed the target.
It added it is making improvements. It also urged people to only use A&E in a real emergency.