Hospitals miss target once again
BUCKS hospitals missed their A&E targets for seeing patients withing four hours for the fourth week running last month.
Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust saw 87.1 per cent of patients within four hours in the week to December 28. The target is 95 per cent.
It last hit the target in the week ending November 30.
A spokeswoman for the trust said it had seen an increase in the number of people attending A&E at Stoke Mandeville.
She added: “We have put plans in place to ensure we can see patients as quickly and safely as possible. However, in an effort to deal with the higher than expected demand, we continue to urge people to consider other options available to them before they decide to use A&E.”
Across England, the target to see patients in A&E in less than four hours has been missed for a quarter, as performance fell to its lowest level in a decade.
Between October and December, 92.6 per cent of patients arriving in English A&Es were seen in less than four hours.
The performance is the worst quarterly result since the target was introduced at the end of 2004.