HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 c217W
17. Mr. Pickles

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the time that patients are waiting for treatment at hospital accident and emergency departments. [110869]

Ms Stuart

We are tackling waiting times in Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments as a matter of priority, backed by the biggest investment in A&E services in the history of the National Health Service. Long waits for treatment in A&E departments are unacceptable. We have issued guidance requiring senior managers and clinicians to intervene personally to resolve the problem if long waits start to occur.