MP says A&E waiting time targets must stay

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THERE has been an improvement in the number of people being seen within four hours in A&E.

Figures from NHS England show that in the week ending March 1, 73.3 per cent of those attending the emergency department were seen, treated or discharged in four hours, in Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The government benchmark is 95 per cent. However in the same timeframe the England national average was 87 per cent.

For QA this is an improvement on the previous week’S figures of 64.9 per cent.

Health research group Nuffield Trust yesterday, called for the four-hour waiting time target to be downgraded as it distorts priorities for managers.

The target was introduced in 2004 and set at 9 per cent, but relaxed to 95 per cent in 2010.

Fareham MP Mark Hoban said: ‘Four hours is a generous amount of time for people to be seen, I don’t think the time should be relaxed.’