12:01 05 June 2013
King’s Fund research has revealed that NHS waiting time has reached a nine-year high in the first three months of the year. Based on the data gathered, a total of 313,000 patients had to wait for more than four hours to get medical attention. This number is 39per cent higher compared to similar period last year.
Although the government has released money for the worst-hit area, doctors and managers claim that the failure was due to increasing demand amid pressures on staffing levels and funding.
In a separate analysis conducted by Monitor, which regular elite foundation trusts, it was revealed that the quality of assistance offered in areas such as cancer care, non-emergency operation, and infection control are not improving due to growing pressure.
Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians, said: “This is no surprise - patients are presenting at emergency departments in increasing numbers because there is nowhere else they can go.”
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