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Waiting times getting longer

6th December 2012

A survey by the health regulator, Care Quality Commission (CQC), has found waiting times are getting longer at NHS accident and emergency departments in England.

Figures show 33% of people spent more than four hours in A&E, up from 27% in 2008, while the government target is no more than 5% of patients should breach the four-hour limit. The CQC surveyed 46,000 patients between January and March 2012. A third said they had waited more than 30 minutes before being seen by a doctor or a nurse, up from 29% in 2008 and 24% in 2004.

 

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