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A&E wait time target missed for 20th week in row

Accident and emergency departments in England have failed to meet the target of 95% patients seen within four hours for a 20th week in a row, new figures reveal.

A&E departments have failed to meet waiting time targets once again. Credit: PA Wire

NHS England said 91.6% of patients were seen within four hours in the week ending February 15 - a marginal decrease from 92.9% the previous week.

The number of admissions also increased to the highest levels since Christmas with 420,700 patients - up from 407,000 the previous week.

Dr Barbara Hakin, National Director of Commissioning Operations for NHS England, said the increase had resulted in a "slight impact on waiting times".

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Government to crackdown on whistleblower bullying

Legislation on whistleblowers will be fast-tracked in response to a major report into how thousands of NHS staff have been been bullied by colleagues after raising concerns about patient care, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

The review, lead by Sir Robert Francis QC, found some NHS staff were driven to the brink of suicide after voicing their concerns.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Mid Staffs whistleblower 'wasn't surprised' at findings

A former nurse who helped lead the fight against shocking failings at Stafford Hospital told ITV News she "wasn't surprised" by the findings of a report into the treatment of NHS whistleblowers.

Helene Donnelly was a key witness in the Mid Staffordshire public inquiry and has recently been appointed as Ambassador for Cultural Change at the local NHS Trust.

Donnelly said: "It stands to reason that if I've experienced it in my Trust and I know of others who have as well, that there are going to be others who have suffered in the same way.

"All members of staff working in the NHS and social care have a duty to speak out if they see things that are not right, and we must create a culture where they can do that and feel safe."

Burnham: Whistleblower report should apply to social care

The shadow health secretary has called for the recommendations on NHS whistleblowers to apply equally to social care.

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham. Credit: PA Wire

Andy Burnham called it a "major concern" that social care was not covered by the Francis review.

Burnham told MPs, "It could be argued some of the poorest care being provided in England today is in social care settings, or indeed in people's own homes."

Hunt: Government 'calling time' on bullying in the NHS

The government is "calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation" in the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs.

ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports:

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NHS whistleblower review 'fails to help those crushed'

ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports following the release of the Freedom to Speak Up review:

Whistleblowers applying for NHS jobs 'to be protected'

The government will legislate to protect whistleblowers who apply for NHS jobs from discrimination by prospective employers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addresses the Commons.

Hunt said he would accept the Francis review's recommendation in principle and then consult on a package of measures to implement them.

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