Unfortunately, delays in A & E are likely to increase the risk of patients suffering harm from delays in diagnosis and treatment.
A&E waits in England have reached their worst level since the four-hour target was introduced in 2004. The deterioration in performance came after hospitals appeared to be coping well in the early part of winter. During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours - well below the 95% threshold. It means nearly 330,000 patients waited longer than they should with hospitals reporting significant problems finding beds for those needing to be kept in.