STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

NHS set for a bumpy start to 2015

Reports over the weekend suggested that Labour is set to make the health service a key election battleground should come as no surprise – nor should the timing. Figures will be published this week that are expected to show performance in A&E units in England has dropped to its worst level since the four-hour waiting time target was introduced a decade ago. The data released on Tuesday will measure the October to December quarter, but from the weekly statistics covering all but the last two weeks of the period we already know that performance has been consistently below the target level. Even a remarkable turnaround over the festive period would be unlikely to save the government’s blushes. Labour is bound to jump on the figures as a sign that the NHS is suffering under the coalition, which will no doubt prompt ministers to compare performance with Labour-controlled Wales where waiting times are even worse.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30633677

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