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Missed targets: A&E waiting times are ‘getting worse’ figures show

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.

Read more at BBC Health.

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