Figures show January 2018 was one of the worst months on record for A&E departments

Posted February 8, 2018

Waiting times in major Accident and Emergency departments across the country were the worst on record last month, new figures show.

The figures show just 77.1 per cent of patients were treated within four hours, the worst since statistics on this have been published.


The statistics for all casualty units – including minor injury units – were the third worst on record. Just 85.3 per cent of patients were treated within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.

The figure is a slight improvement on December, when it was 85.1 per cent. But the target has now not been hit since July 2015.

It comes after national NHS guidance suggests the health service has given up on meeting its A&E targets for another year. The key target – to treat patients within four hours – has not been met since July 2015.

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