This aligns with clinical evidence about patient harm. However, it is at odds with NHS England’s plans to replace the four-hour standard with ‘a basket’ of 10 new metrics, which does not include a six-hour target.

Also this week, we discuss news that more trusts have started publishing data showing thousands of 12-hour waits in their emergency departments, representing a huge difference to the numbers published nationally, for which the clock starts from a later point in the patient’s journey.

Annabelle Collins is joined by James Illman and Matt Discombe.

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