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A&E waiting times in England improve

Figures now show that waiting times in A&E units across England have improved to their best level since November – but targets are still being missed.

The target of 95% has been missed on a weekly basis since the start of October but it would seem the record lows are a thing of the past. A total of 92.4% of patients were seen in 4 hours or less in the seven days up until Sunday.

In the first week of January 2015 performance was reportedly lower than 87% – the lowest they had been since the weekly records began in 2010. The NHS seemed to have been helped because the number of attendances to A&E had fallen following bad headlines airing warnings to only visit hospital in an emergency.

With regards to this matter Dame Barbara Hakin, of NHS England, said that while demands had “eased” the NHS was still facing “huge pressures on its frontline services”.

“For the second successive week there has been an improvement in A&E performance. It is encouraging. I want to pay tribute to our staff for the excellent job they are doing in continuing to provide an incredibly robust response.”

The overall figures include walk-in centres and minor injury units with only 29 of the 140 major hospital trusts meeting the target.

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