York Hos­pi­tal NHS Trust failed to meet key na­tional tar­gets due to ‘in­creas­ing’ pres­sures and de­mands

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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.

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