Accident and Emergency Departments

Health written question – answered on 13th September 2013.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have waited longer than four hours for treatment in accident and emergency units in (a) England and (b) the West Midlands in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

In England, in the week ending 1 September 2013, 17,238 patients in England waited longer than four hours in accident and emergency (A&E) departments (all types) from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. In the West Midlands, 1,909 patients waited longer than four hours (representing 3.9% of patients attending).

Statistics on A&E departments are published weekly on the NHS England website at:

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