As winter seemed to persist through March with snow across the country, high levels of pressure and demand normally associated with the winter months continued to impact on patient care and waiting times, according to a report by The Times.

The public has become used to damning headlines about patients waiting – and dying – on trolleys in hospital corridors over the winter but the expected respite that comes with Spring has been slow to appear this year.

As a result, A&E continues to struggle to meet its waiting time targets. Data revealed that less than 85% of patients were seen within four hours during March of this year. In some hospitals that figure fell as low as fifty percent.

On-going staffing shortages also continue to add to the pressures on the health service and, of course, continue to impact on the quality of care which patients receive.

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