Almost 3 million people not dealt with in target time last year, NHS England data shows
Almost 3 million patients in England waited more than four hours to be dealt with by A&E last year, the highest number since records began 16 years ago.
Figures from NHS England show 88% of patients were dealt with in four hours or less in 2018-19, the lowest-ever level, down from 88.3% in 2017-18.
A&E departments are meant to treat and then admit, discharge or transfer 95% of patients within four hours. The new data reveals that 2,978,010 people were not dealt with in the target time last year.