Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Three of Our A&Es Are in Bottom Four in COUNTRY for Patient Waiting Times

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Three of Our A&Es Are in Bottom Four in COUNTRY for Patient Waiting Times

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THREE of England's four worst-performing A&Es are in Greater Manchester, according to new NHS figures.

Wythenshawe, Tameside and Stockport came second, third and fourth from bottom for waiting times out of around 250 trusts.

Only North Middlesex university hospital fared worse.

Hospital targets require 95pc of patients to be seen within four hours of arriving at A&E. At Wythenshawe more than a quarter of people waited longer than that in January, with the hospital recording a figure of just 71.7pc. Tameside - which in November was the worst in the country - managed 73.4pc and Stepping Hill 73.5pc. None of Greater Manchester's NHS trusts hit the target. Hospital sources said the problem was no longer 'time wasters' - people blamed in the past for using A&E unnecessarily - but bed blocking by vulnerable, elderly patients stuck in hospital too long due to a lack of social care. …

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