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Posted on 16th October 2017

NHS Trusts Miss All Performance Targets Over The Past Eighteen Months

Three key targets of Four hour A&E waiting times, 62 day cancer care and planned operations and treatment have been missed due to growing demand and a lack of doctors and nurses.

Research conducted by the BBC show that hospitals have missed their targets in three key areas consistently over the past 18 months. The research looked at national performance over 135 hospital trusts and 26 health boards in the UK.

The research has established that hospitals in Wales has failed to meet any of its targets since 2010. In 2012 – 2013 it did not achieve any of its targets and the same happened in 2016 – 2017.

In 2012 – 2013 hospitals in England hit its targets 86% of the time however last year it missed all monthly targets.

A cancer specialist at a Nottingham hospital, where the hospital failed to hit their target since 2014 commented “When I get to work I want to treat my patients as soon as I can. So do my colleagues” he went on to comment that his hospital trust sees over 5000 new cancer cases every year and “There are only so many patients that you can treat, we have a team of 22 fantastic oncologists who are working very hard to do the best they can under what is quite a stressful situation”

An A&E Consultant at a London hospital commented demand was “incredibly high” and “We sometimes feel we can’t give the best care. We are working the hardest we can, but we are only human”


Understaffing at hospitals is a clear area for concern and the workloads for the medical staff mean that they are extremely busy. When medical staff are under so much pressure it is inevitable that the standards of care are also worse than they should be.

Whilst the government are trying to reform the legal process behind making a compensation claim so that the costs are reduced, an alternative is to spend that budget in the NHS resolving staffing issues. By spending the money in the NHS, the standards of care will increase and the number of claims for compensation would reduce.

If you think that the standard of care given to you by your GP or hospital was poor and an injury was suffered as a result, there may be grounds to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

Contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.