With waiting times in Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments hitting the news recently I thought a graph might give the bigger picture. The graph above shows the percentage of A & E patients seen within the 4 hour target. Please note:
- This only looks at the major “Type 1” A & E departments (Type 1 A & E depts are a consultant led 24 hour service with full resuscitation facilities & designated accommodation for the reception of A & E).
- The data for the graph came from the Guardian data blog here.
- Due to space limitations on vertical axis not every trust is labelled but every trust is shown by a coloured bar. To see the figures for every trust, check the spreadsheet used to create the graph which is here.
- The green bars are the trusts that meet the national target for 95 per cent or more of patients to be seen within 4 hours; the red bars are the ones that fail to meet the target.
I make no comment on whether Jeremy Hunt and the Coalition Government are doing a good job of running (ruining?) our NHS, as I will let the colours on the graph tell their own story, and then you can decide for yourself.