NHS waiting times: A&E four-hour target set to be scrapped, plans reveal

The NHS is set to abandon its flagship guarantee that patients at A&E will be treated, admitted or sent home within four hours, plans unveiled by health service bosses show.

New targets measuring time taken to initially assess patients on arrival, waits for those who are most urgent and an average wait across all patients will be piloted by NHS England this year.

A final decision will be taken on the four-hour standard’s future ahead of 2020-21, but NHS England argued the new measures will give a more accurate picture of emergency room pressure and can end “hidden long waits”.

Full Story: The Independent, 11th March 2019