Patients face long A&E wait
PATIENTS needing a bed at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire were kept waiting in A&E nearly four hours longer than the national average, according to the latest figures for April.
They show that five per cent of sick people, who doctors wanted to admit to a ward, were held up for longer than 11 hours. It was compared with the national average of seven hours 19 minutes for that group of patients.
The poor record was partly to blame for the department treating and sending home or admitting just 89.7 per cent within four hours of their arrival, against a 95 percent target.
Previous failings have earned a £1 million fine from the area's NHS funding body with the threat of more to come.
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