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Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

Health written question – answered on 8th May 2008.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of accident and emergency department admissions (a) in England and (b) at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were seen, treated and discharged or admitted within target times set in the most recent period for which figures are available; what the (i) average and (ii) longest waiting time for emergency treatment was in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

Information on the proportion of patients attending accident and emergency (A and E) departments who were seen, diagnosed and treated within four hours of their arrival is collected at the level of national health service trusts and published quarterly via the Department's QMAE dataset. This can be compared against the operational standard for A and E waits, which is set at 98 per cent. of patients within four hours.

For the period October to December 2007 (quarter three 2007-08), performance was at 97.3 per cent. for England and 97.2 per cent. for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS

Foundation Trust (all types of A and E department).

The remaining information requested is not currently available centrally.

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