The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, which runs Stafford’s County Hospital, witnessed over 9,428 instances of A&E patients waiting more than 12 hours for a bed in 2022/23, more than double the previous year’s figure. The percentage of patients waiting less than four hours also fell to 63.5%, below the national target of 76%. Measures to ease the delays include the Front Door Reconfiguration and the Referral and Admission Policy. Trust CEO Tracy Bullock said the improvements indicate they’re heading in the right direction.
In an operation to reduce motoring offences, police officers and driving agencies pulled over and checked vehicles in the Black Country at a quiet industrial