At the end of 2014, NHS England reported 92.6% of its A&E patients were seen within four hours, ranked second behind NHS Scotland at 93.5%. Both have fallen short of the 95% target, noted as the worst performance since the beginning of the targets in 2004.
The Guardian reported “Type 1” A&E, the emergency departments based in hospitals in England, “treated and admitted or discharged just 83.1% of arrivals” at the end of December, 2014.
A&E and appointment waiting times abide by the NHS Constitution which outlines your rights as an NHS patient. The NHS constitution states 95% of all A&E patients should be dealt with within four hours. The subject of waiting times is regularly discussed in parliament with the Prime Minister admitting the NHS is under pressure, falling short of the government’s pledge.
Such waiting times represent human cost. Medical Negligence can have a negative snowballing effect. With debilitating and painful conditions, people are left in a vulnerable position, often unnecessarily, sometimes negligently, when forced to wait for medical care. In the event that a conditions worsens, treatment becomes more extensive and waiting for treatment can lead to the inability to work with the patients ultimately struggling financially when they are unpaid.
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