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NHS signals four-hour A&E target may end

12/03/2019

The four-hour A&E target may be dropped under plans announced by NHS England.

NHS bosses have unveiled plans for an overhaul of the A&E target alongside changes to waiting times for cancer, mental health and planned operations.

It said the targets were becoming outdated. But it comes after many of them have been missed for years.

Instead of aiming to see and treat virtually all A&E patients in four hours, the sickest patients will be prioritised for quick treatment.

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More patients 'struggling to reach GP on phone'

Growing numbers of people in England are struggling to get hold of their GP, a survey suggests.

One in three reported it was not easy with a similar number also not happy with the appointment times available when they did get through.

But the survey of more than 770,000 people also showed high satisfaction rates and trust when patients did get an appointment.

It comes as the numbers waiting for hospital care hit an all-time high.

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