NHS: A&E Waiting Time Target - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:54 pm on 21st January 2020.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour 2:54 pm, 21st January 2020

My Lords, in December, for 68.6% of patients the four-hour target was met, against the actual target of 95%. That is the worst month ever. The Government’s response, behind the warm words of the Minister today, is that they want to get rid of the target, yet research published last week by Cornell and the IFS shows that the current target saves at least 15,000 lives a year. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said that there is no viable alternative to the current target. The college says that the Government should get on with getting this target back on track. Will the Government do that?