Waiting times in A&E departments across the UK are worsening as pressures grow in hospitals, figures suggest.
The data, collected by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, showed 88% of A&E patients were treated or admitted within four hours – below the 95% target.
The figures are based on evidence submitted by more than 40 trusts – one in five of the total in the UK.
Hospitals also reported significant problems discharging patients.
In some places, a fifth of hospital beds are occupied by patients who are ready to leave hospital but cannot be discharged because of a lack of community services available to care for them.