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New minister must tackle emergency waiting times

The furore over Jim Wells's comments on gay relationships and his subsequent resignation as minister has rather shifted the focus from the very serious problems which continue to beset our health service. Figures released this week show we are failing to get to grips with appalling waiting times in our accident and emergency units. If anything this situation seems to be getting worse, despite initiatives designed to address the issue. The government says 95 per cent of casualty patients should be treated within four hours but for our acute hospitals, this is a target which is rarely reached[...]
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