A&E waiting times hit worst-ever level

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One in six patients waited longer than four hours in A&E in England during October – the worst-ever performance since the target was introduced in 2004.

The data from NHS England showed 83.6% of patients arriving at A&E were treated or admitted in four hours.

The target is 95%. It has not been met since July 2015.

Other targets covering cancer and routine hospital treatment are also being missed.