2016 was a landmark year for the NHS in all the wrong ways.
Wrong: Accident & emergency (A&E) waits were worse in every month than the year before – so much worse that the best month in 2016 was as bad as the worst month of 2015, the 4-hour A&E target of 95% was missed for the 17th month in a row and waiting times reached record levels ;
Wrong: the phenomenon of patients forced to wait in ambulances outside A&E – which don’t even count toward A&E waiting times – grew by a horrendous69% compared to a 2015 that was already one of the worst on record;
Wrong: NHS doctors went on strike for the first timeever
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