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Waiting time targets missed.

Accident and emergency departments in Oxfordshire's biggest hospitals missed waiting time targets every month for more than a year, a new report has revealed.

The last time Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust met the national target of 95% of patients being treated within four hours was July 2015.

Chairman of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG), Dr Joe McManners, said the figures revealed a "lack of capacity" in community and social care.

He said: "One major reason for the missed targets is people who need to move into a hospital bed or further care are stuck in A&E. We have managed to reduce the number of people stuck in hospital by commissioning more care from nursing homes but there is still a backlog."

The OCCG report showed that in the year to May 2016, only 87.3% of patients were seen within four hours. In the worst month – February 2016 - 22.4% of people attending A&E had to wait longer than four hours.

For the Patients Association, Liz McAnulty said: "We're all living longer and this ageing population needs extra care and treatment but funding for NHS and social services is dwindling. We need far more than what the government is providing to meet the growing need.

"We are hearing from patients all the time who are waiting for more than four hours. The reality is that people in trauma are not being seen quickly enough."

The OCCG report said there had been an improvement in the performance of A&E departments and an action plan had been developed and implemented to support four-hour standard delivery to improve patient flow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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