Basildon hospital misses A and E target as health crisis continues across country

BASILDON and Thurrock hospital has missed their target for the number of people set to be seen within four hours at A and E.

The national target is 95% but Basildon hospital could only achieve a 90% success rate.

In the last week, 2,248 people attended A and E. Down by 240.

220 people had to wait more than four hours to be seen. Down by 36.

However, as the crisis is A and E care continues, the statistic has to be compared with other hospitals in the area, that are really struggling to cope.

Southend hospital has announced it is temporarily cancelling non-urgent operations and remains on ‘black alert’.

Princess Alexandra in Harlow closed its A and E to "life-threatening" patients only for a number of days.

Other hospitals.

Darenth Valley: 91.8% (Down from 97%)

Basildon and Thurrock:90.2% (Up from 88.5%)

Southend Hospital: 85.5%

Whipps Cross: 81%

Princess Alexandra (Harlow): 77.6% (Down from 79%)

Queens Romford: 74.4% (Up from 67.4%)

Addenbrookes: 66% (Up from 61%)

Labour has called on the government to hold an urgent summit on how to alleviate pressure on A&E services in English hospitals.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said local government, the emergency services and other NHS professionals needed to agree co-ordinated action.

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