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Waiting more than 12 hours in A&E

13th August 2012

The Times reports that nearly 67,000 patients were forced to wait between four and twelve hours to be seen in A&E.

The Department of Health target is for patients to be assessed, admitted or discharged within a four-hour period. Mike Clancy, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said: "It’s a high pressure system and small changes in demand make a big change in waiting. We are asking wards to handle more patients faster." HSJ analysis showed that the poorest performing trusts were Northampton General Hospital, Royal Free Hampstead, North Bristol and Wye Valley.

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