Your views

Readers’ panel: Should the four-hour A&E target be scrapped?

Amid unprecedented winter pressures, health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently suggested that the four-hour waiting time guarantee should no longer apply to patients attending A&E with less serious problems. Nursing Standard panellists have their say. 
Hospital waiting room

Amid unprecedented winter pressures, health secretary Jeremy Hunt recently suggested that the four-hour waiting time guarantee should no longer apply to patients attending A&E with less serious problems. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Pete Hawkins is a staff nurse in an emergency department in Bristol

The government is in denial over the real issues causing unacceptable conditions for both patients and staff in emergency departments nationwide, namely the exit block from A&E due to ongoing cuts in social and primary care. This prevents timely discharge from hospital.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s suggestion of revising the four-hour target is just an evasion. The target can work as a valid clinical marker, but without patient flow it becomes ineffective. Exit block should be the focus, not fiddling statistics and

...

Want to read more?

Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today

Save over 50% on your first three months:

  • Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
  • Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Emergency Nurse
  • RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
  • NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
  • Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests

This article is not available as part of an institutional subscription. Why is this?

Jobs