York Hospital NHS Trust failed to meet key national targets due to ‘increasing’ pressures and demands
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has failed to meet key national targets. According to figures revealed by the BBC, only 89.6% of patients who visited A&E in the hospitals run by the trust were seen within four hours (the national target is 95%). Those who received cancer care within 62 days was82.7% (2.3% less than target) while planned operations within 18 weeks were only delivered to 83.4%, rather than 92%, of patients. A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our hospitals in both York and Scarborough have been extremely busy over the last few weeks and during November we experienced a significant increase in attendances at both emergency departments, up by some 7% compared to the same period last year. In Scarborough, the Emergency Department saw a huge rise of 18% compared to the month of November last year. Despite this our emergency care performance was better than the national average. Patients are treated according to clinical need, and those requiring urgent attention are seen promptly. However, when we are facing high demand those patients with minor or less urgent needs may have to wait longer. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and ask for your patience and support during these difficult periods.” The Trust has also pointed out all other cancer targets have been met.