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South London Healthcare Trust missed A&E targets 43 out of 47 weeks

PUBLISHED: 10:41 22 November 2013 | UPDATED: 10:42 22 November 2013

Princess Royal Hospital

Princess Royal Hospital

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A troubled healthcare trust failed to hit government A&E waiting targets for 43 out of 47 weeks, a report has revealed.

The now defunct South London Healthcare Trust (SLHT) struggled to achieve the government’s aim of dealing with 95 per cent of patients within four hours of them reaching hospital A&E departments.

A recenetly released London Assembly report lays bare the damning figures of the trust which previously managed Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.

The debt-ridden SLHT was put into administration last June before being dissolved on October 1.

The Princess Royal University Hospital is now run by King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

A King’s spokesman said: “Since October 1, we have been focussed on making sure patients receive high quality care as soon as possible.

“At Princess Royal, we are increasing staffing levels, expanding the footprint of the Emergency Department, and reducing the time some patients have to wait to be admitted to hospital.

“We will also be looking at the way patients move through the department, so that we can fully assess exactly what additional improvements can be made.

“The immediate challenge is to ensure the department is able to cope with the increase pressures brought on by winter, and we have plans in place to address this.”

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