Record wait time for A&E

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THE NHS has recorded its worst A&E wait­ing times since cur­rent tar­gets be­gan in 2004.

Fig­ures for Oc­to­ber showed just 83.6% of pa­tients were treated or ad­mit­ted in four hours.

In Septem­ber, only 76.9% of cancer pa­tients started treat­ment within 62 days, well be­low the 85% tar­get.

Nuffield Trust chief econ­o­mist John Ap­pleby pre­dicted “one of the bleak­est win­ters in the NHS’s his­tory”.

Prof Ap­pleby added: “We have many months to go un­til sea­sonal pres­sures re­ally hit the NHS, but Oc­to­ber has al­ready seen an unpreceden­ted slump.”

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