A and E crisis at Princess Alexandra deepens over waiting times

Health / Mon 12th Jan 2015 at 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.

Other hospitals.

Southend Hospital: 87.8%

Darenth Valley: 81%

Whipps Cross: 78.7%

Addenbrookes: 71.3%

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.

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