Number of long waiting hospital operations rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting longer than

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NHS hits AnE waiting times target

The NHS in England has met its four hour Accident and Emergency (AnE) waiting time target. The 95% target had not been hit for 33 consecutive weeks, since late last September. Figures for the week ending 24 May show that 95.1% of A&E patients spent four hours or less from

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NHS track record over the winter

The NHS has had it’s hardest difficult winter for a long time- so haow has it coped? The four hour target to be seen in A&E has been missed in each nation – and that has had a knock-on effect on other parts of the hospital system. In England all

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NHS A&E has worst week in 2014

Pressures in England’s NHS A&E units have hit record levels- with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began. New data showed just under 90% of patients were seen within four hours in the seven days up to December 14. Major units particularly struggled, with just

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A&E units start to miss four hour waiting targets

The NHS in England is starting to miss its four hour Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting time targets for the first time this winter.Over the past week, 94.8% of patients were seen within four hours compared to 95.6% the week before. The target is 95%. The figures cover all 242

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A&E must change or face collapse NHS warned

Urgent changes must be made to the way Accident and Emergencies (A&E) units are run – or the system could collapse, doctors and managers say.Both the College of Emergency Medicine and Foundation Trust Network have put forward proposals to overhaul the system. Funding and staffing have been highlighted as key

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111 health direct helpline has been very disappointing admits ministers

The new NHS health direct non-emergency advice line had a “very disappointing start” and is still not operating properly in several parts of the country Ministers have admitted.Health officials have launched an investigation into the advice line after a number of potentially serious incidents, including three deaths, have been linked

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A&E- accident and emergency facing serious problems

Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are facing a “serious problem” a health minister has said, after NHS chiefs ordered urgent action to tackle growing pressures.Rising attendances have meant A&E units in England have started struggling to hit the four hour waiting time target. The problem has got so bad that

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Hunt criticises health trust for bullying whistleblower

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has criticised a hospital trust’s actions after a gagging order was broken to raise concerns about patient safety.Gary Walker, a former chief executive at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, broke the order when he was interviewed by the BBC. Lawyers for the trust then warned him

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