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Plans to scrap A&E targets should be abandoned

15th June 2011

Researchers have warned that moves to scrap NHS A&E waiting time targets should be abandoned.

The study from a Canadian team, published in the BMJ, evaluates the histories of around 14 million patients who attended A&E departments and were discharged. The risk of adverse events increased with the mean length of wait. High acuity patients who waited more than six hours were 1.79 times more likely to die within seven days of discharge than patients who waited less than an hour. The increased risk for low acuity patients was 1.71 times.

 

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