One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last month, NHS figures show
A&E waiting times are at their worst-ever level as the NHS comes under intense pressure before what doctors and hospital bosses fear will be a very tough winter for the service.
Less than three-quarters (74.5%) of people who sought care at A&E unit in England in October were treated and then discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours – the smallest proportion since the target was introduced in 2004.
That is far below the 95% of patients that ministers and NHS chiefs say should be dealt with by A&E staff within four hours.
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