Matt Hancock signals A&E waiting targets likely to be scrapped

Health secretary defends NHS’s performance and says targets should be ‘clinically appropriate’Matt Hancock has signalled that four-hour waiting targets for A&E are likely to be scrapped for the NHS in England after the worst figures on record...

Matt Hancock signals A&E waiting targets likely to be scrapped

Health secretary defends NHS’s performance and says targets should be ‘clinically appropriate’

Matt Hancock has signalled that four-hour waiting targets for A&E are likely to be scrapped for the NHS in England after the worst figures on record this winter.

The health secretary said it would be better if targets were “clinically appropriate” and the “right targets”, as he defended the NHS’s failure to meet the standard that 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.

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