A and E crisis at Princess Alexandra deepens over waiting times
Health / Mon 12th Jan 2015 am31 07:06am
PRINCESS Alexandra hospital in Harlow has, again, missed their target for the number of people set to be seen within four hours at A and E.
The national target is 95% but the Harlow hospital could only achieve a 69.2% success rate.
The waiting time percentage has declined from 79% to 77% and now to 69% over the past few weeks.
In the first week of January, 1,794 people attended A and E. Down by 61.
Last week, 551 people had to wait more than four hours to be seen. Up by 137.
However, as the crisis is A and E care continues, the statistic has to be compared with other hospitals in the area, that are really struggling to cope.
Southend Hospital: 87.8%
Darenth Valley: 81%
Whipps Cross: 78.7%
Princess Alexandra (Harlow): 69.2%
Queens Romford: 66.7%
Labour has called on the government to hold an urgent summit on how to alleviate pressure on A&E services in English hospitals.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said local government, the emergency services and other NHS professionals needed to agree co-ordinated action.