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Royal college fears NHS England changes to 4-hour A&E targets

A royal college has reacted with consternation to NHS England plans to significantly change the four-hour target in A&E.

President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Taj Hassan, said he was seeking “urgent clarification from NHS England and NHS Improvement on their position”.

He is concerned that there will be unintended consequences “of such a poorly thought out strategic policy shift”.

Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, confirmed recently that the hospital target of admitting, treating or discharging all A&E patients within four-hours is to be significantly altered.

Stevens believes that A&E services should work to a tougher, faster set of standards for some major conditions – rather than the same standard for all presentations.

He said senior doctors were advising that the standards should focus particularly on major conditions, such as sepsis, heart attacks and strokes.

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine says it has not been consulted on what will be a fundamental change to the practice of Emergency Medicine and will have a significant impact on patients and hospital staff.

Dr Hassan said: “In our expert opinion scrapping the four-hour target will have a near catastrophic impact on patient safety in many Emergency Departments that are already struggling to deliver safe patient care in a wider system that is failing badly.

“Let’s be very clear. This is far from being in the best interest of patients and will only serve to bury problems in a health service that will be severely tested by yet another optimistic reconfiguration.”

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