New BBC analysis has revealed the increasing failure of the NHS to meet its key targets.

The investigation assessed the level of success within the NHS in meeting the following three targets:

• Response times in Accident & Emergency (patients should be dealt with within four hours of arrival)
• The commencement of treatment for cancer (patients should start treatment within 62 days of referral)
• Treatment for non-emergency operations such as hip replacements

Almost 20% of NHS Trusts have failed to meet any of their targets in the year 2017 – 2018.

The BBC makes a shocking comparison with the year 2012-2013 when NHS England met 86% of its targets whereas in the year 2017-2018, NHS England met none of its targets.

Given the increasing demand on the NHS in combination with high staffing shortages, these figures are perhaps not surprising.

What is worrying are the implications for patient care and long-term patient outcomes which can be associated with failing to meet these vital targets.

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