A&E waiting times ‘serious’

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A&E waiting times at hospitals in Nottinghamshire have hit the worst level in decade.

The NHS England latest data from October to December showed that 83.5 per cent patients attending the major A&E units at hospitals under Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust were seen in four hours – well below the national 95 per cent target.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, which includes both the Queen’s Medical Centre and City Hospital, suffered further over the Christmas period with only 78.4 per cent of patients being seen within four hours in the week ending the December 21 and only 81.6 per cent for the week ending the December 28.

Nationally, the NHS also recorded its lowest level performance in a decade with 92.6 per cent of patients being seen at A&E within four hours between October and December.

Commenting on the figures Ashfield Ms De Piero said: “These damning stats are extremely serious.

“Doctors, nurses and other staff are working flat out but the Government hasn’t put in plans to ensure that the health service can get safely through the winter. Ministers must urgently do so.”

This winter the NHS are reminding people to call 111 for advice on where to go for medical assistance.