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GWH: Latest target figures - cancer treatment back on track

 

The latest figures - compiled and published by BBC News - show that GWH is still struggling with the increase in people coming to its A&E department - and finding beds for those who need to be admitted.  But these figures tell the story before the New Year and January influx hit the NHS.



During November at GWH 86.1 per cent of people attending A&E were seen, treated, admitted or sent home within four hours - against the target of 95 per cent.   Across England the figure was 88.9 per cent - ranking GWH at 81 out of 133 hospital trusts.

The last time this target was hit by GWH and across England was in July 2015.   But GWH has improved its position since November 2016 by 2.9 percentage points.

After years of meeting the target of 85 per cent of patients beginning cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent referral by their GP, GWH had a spell of missing the target.  But in October last year (the latest figures available), they were back above target - at 85.8 per cent.  That's against the average across England of 82.3 per cent and giving them a ranking place of 49 out of 133 hospital trusts.

GWH just missed the target in October for patients waiting less than 18 weeks for planned operations and care.  But that target will become irrelevant as planned operations have to be cancelled to meet the current surge in winter demand for hospital beds.

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