Hos­pi­tals miss tar­get once again

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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