A&E units fail to hit waiting times: figures

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Ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency Department of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
Image Caption: Ambulances outside the Accident and Emergency Department of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.
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A&E departments are failing to hit their four-hour waiting targets, figures show, as the crisis gripping the NHS intensifies.

The latest figures from NHS England show that only 88.4% of patients admitted to A&E were dealt with in four hours in November – the target is 95%.

Hospitals have not met the 95% target since July 2015.

NHS England say doctors are unable to meet the target because they cannot discharge patients due to poor social care provision, meaning they do not have the help at home to be able to leave hospital.

The figures show a 42% increase in delays in being able to discharge patients – and a 4.5% increase in A&E attendences.

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