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A&E waiting times improved but targets still missed

Figures show waiting times for Accident and Emergency Departments have improved, but the target's been missed for another month.

Over 73,000 people attended A&E departments across Wales in January, however only 82.3% were seen within four hours.

The current target is for 95% to be seen in this time.

Last month was A&E's busiest time for five years. Credit: ITV Wales News

A Welsh government spokesperson said A&E departments are under an increasing amount of pressure, made by worse by the winter months.

Despite these increases in demand, the latest statistics for January show that eight out of 10 patients spent less than four hours in A&E units from arrival until admission, transfer or discharge.

However, the number of patients waiting over 12 hours is unacceptable. We expect health boards to work with local authorities and other partners to ensure that patients can be treated, admitted and discharged appropriately and receive safe and effective care.

– Welsh Government spokesperson