The A&E department at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth had the worst waiting times in the South West during January – which was the worst ever month on record nationally – new NHS figures have revealed. The statistics also show that Torbay’s A&Es had the second longest wait out of the 31 NHS trusts in the South West region. Major A&E departments in Cornwall and Exeter failed to hit Government targets on waiting times – as did nearly every Major A&E department in the country. Responding to the figures, a Derriford Hospital spokesperson said its A&E unit is being expanded and that more doctors and more doctors and nursing staff are being recruited. A spokesperson for Torbay said it had invested £2.4m in more doctors and nursing staff. The national performance figures – which are the worst on record – have prompted a top doctor to say that ‘chronic crisis mode’ is ‘becoming the norm’ in Accident and Emergency departments. They show that, in the month of January, 8,836 people attended Derriford’s Major A&E Department – but only 5,220, or 59.15%, were seen within the benchmark four hours. Torbay had the second worst waiting times in the South west Region, with… Read full this story
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