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Barking & nearby areas have worst A&E wait times

Barking Redbridge Havering A&E wait times

Data has revealed that A&Es in Barking, Redbridge, and Havering left over 30% of people waiting more than 12 hours in February.

Almost 11,000 people attended NHS A&E departments in these areas in February, and it took longer than 12 hours for 3,350 of these patients to be admitted, transferred, or discharged.

No other London NHS trust saw even more than one in five people wait this long.

NHS places the standard that a minimum of 95% of patients should be discharged within four hours, and this places into context how Barking, Redbridge, and Havering A&Es are underperforming.

Miriam Deakin, director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, the membership organisation for NHS trusts in England, said the startling data was “a real concern” which demonstrates “the incredible demand-driven pressures on trusts”.

She added: “The NHS is under severe and unsustainable pressure. Persistent challenges across urgent care are hindering progress on ambulance response times and A&E waits.

Trust leaders are desperately awaiting a long-term fully funded workforce plan, which should start to address staff shortages, exhaustion and burnout.”

Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said emergency care faces “extremely troubled times ahead” and the findings are “of grave concern.”

He added: “We are heading for extremely troubled times ahead in urgent and emergency care and this data is a warning of what is to come. Overcrowding in emergency departments (EDs) and acute medical units (AMUs) means many patients are still not receiving timely and high-quality patient care.

Caring for patients in such inappropriate environments not only provides a poor and undignified patient experience, it poses significant risks including increased risk of severe, and sometimes fatal, harm.”

Dr Layla McCay, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, described the ongoing pressure as “relentless”.

She added: “The figures for 12-hour A&E waits from arrival show that too many patients are having to wait longer than NHS leaders would want or expect.

This is an ongoing priority for NHS leaders and their teams and has been addressed following the steps taken in the recent urgent and emergency care recovery plan.”

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