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How might A&E departments without targets work? Look to sexual health clinics | Polly Toynbee

One year ago   |   By The Guardian

Accident and emergency makes the headlines. Meanwhile, under-reported services are collapsing through lack of funding Will the secretary of state for health and social care get away with such barefaced shamelessness in his apparent plans to abolish waiting-time targets for A&E? Matt Hancock's faintly plausible excuse is that the four-hour target is a perverse incentive to treat an ingrown toenail, at three hours and 50 minutes, ahead of heart attacks and road accident victims. But most A&Es triage efficiently, diverting minor ailments to GPs on site; their real crisis is 12-hour trolley...
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