Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments have reported their worst performance in a decade, according to new figures.
Official figures from all NHS hospital trusts reveal that 92.6 per cent of patients were seen within four hours in the last three months. This is the lowest percentage since records began in 2004.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted that there is a “huge amount of pressure” on the NHS in England and hospital bosses feel they are “running just to keep still” to cope with rising demand. The latest figures on waiting times cover the period October to December 2014.
Prior to the release of the figures, Liberal Democrat Health Minister Norman Lamb said that the NHS “is not meeting” its targets, as many hospitals have struggled under pressure this winter.
Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Lamb said: “We rightly have the toughest targets in the developed world. We are not meeting them.” He called for all the political parties to work together to create a plan to secure the long-term funding of the NHS.