Monday, 26 January 2015

Still watching - the latest waiting times figures are out.

I’m still watching the waiting time statistics for the Accident and Emergency department at St. Peter’s hospital, Chertsey.

Like many other A and E’s, they have been missing their targets over this tough winter.

Except that at Christmas St. Peter's had to declare an emergency and bring in some fairly drastic measures to try to deal with the problem.

And it was already going on for much of 2014, as I’ve been recording on this Blog.

The government target is that 95% of patients should be seen and admitted or discharged in less than 4 hours.

The figures for week ending 18th January 2015 are now out.

Ashford and St. Peter’s are still missing their target;

Only 93.8% of patients were seen within the time limit while of the most serious cases only 92.8% were seen in time.

It doesn’t make pretty reading and the bare statistics hide the very human situation that people are hanging about in fear and pain instead of being seen when they should have been.

It also hides another story – in order to try to reduce waiting times, planned operations will have been cancelled to free up beds.

Perhaps I should start researching those figures too?


Neil Harris

(a don’t stop till you drop production)


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