According to a report due to be published later today waiting times in A&E are set to be at their longest for a decade.
The report will state that the NHS in England has missed the four hour waiting time target. From October to December 92.6% of the patients were seen within four hours, which is 2.4% below the 95% target. It is the worst quarterly result since the target was introduced at the end of 2004.
This isn’t the first time that targets have been missed. In the first quarter of 2013 the waiting time target was missed by 0.9% with 94.1% of patients being seen within four hours.
This is when the hospital is under intense pressure and is struggling to meet the demands of the incoming patients. Once the declaration has been made it allows the hospital to call in extra staff to help them cope. Other steps such as delaying routine procedures or outpatient appointments to relieve time and pressure.
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt responded to the forthcoming report on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme by stating that despite targets being missed the A&E waiting times are still “better than any country in the world”.
He also indicated that patient safety and care was more important than meeting targets.
“We don’t want trusts to make compromises on patient safety, on compassionate care, just in order to hit targets. Targets matter, but not at any cost”.
How is Jigsaw Medical helping?
– We provide front-line 999 Ambulances to various NHS trusts.
– Particularly important at this time of year our 4×4 Rapid Response Vehicles will be on standby for NHS clients for our Paramedics to reach 999 in extreme weather conditions.
– We also provide various staff for placements within NHS trusts and private hospitals; including Doctors, Paramedics and Nurses.
If you are an NHS trust, Ambulance Service or private hospital, contact our team to find out how we can help and relieve the pressures this winter.