Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] — Accident and Emergency

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:55 pm on 18th December 2013.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 1:55 pm, 18th December 2013

I will tell the hon. Gentleman why. It was done on clinical advice, for the good reason that there are some patients whom it is better to see, even if it takes longer than four hours, so that they can be discharged and sent home, rather than admitting them to the hospital, which is what was happening under the 98% target. That is something Labour agrees with, because it is following the same procedure in Wales.