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Missed A&E targets treble in a year
The number of A&E units failing to meet the Government four-hour target has almost trebled in a year.
Some 39 departments failed to meet the target of seeing 95% of patients within four hours during the period July to September, according to NHS England data.
This compares to 14 units during the same period in 2012.
The target covers all A&E types, including minor injury units and walk-in centres, and the number discharged, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival.
The NHS as a whole across England is still hitting the target, with 96% of all patients seen within the timeframe during July to September.
But this is only because some units perform way above the target, with some consistently hitting 100%.
In August, Prime Minister David Cameron announced £500 million of extra funding over the next two years to support A&E.
The cash is intended to help A&E units through the winter, cutting delays and reducing the number of admissions.
Shadow health secretary, Andy Burnham said: "David Cameron's ill-judged re-organisation has placed the NHS in the danger zone.
"These figures confirm he has presided over the first summer A&E crisis in living memory.
"The Government cannot continue to ignore the warnings. Until ministers face up to the fundamental causes - the collapse of social care and front-line job losses - the NHS will continue to struggle.
"This is further proof you can't trust David Cameron with the NHS. We can't have another year in the NHS like the last one - he needs to urgently get a grip."
From July to September, 39 out of 252 units missed the target compared with 14 out of 259 last year.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "Across the country, A&E departments have been seeing 95% of their patients within four hours since the end of April - as they were before last winter.
"This is testament to the hard work of staff working throughout the health and care system.
"But we know that more work needs to be done to make sure that patients have access to the urgent and emergency services that they need.
"That's why we are investing £500 million over the next two years to help ensure A&E departments are prepared for winter."
A spokeswoman for NHS England said: "It is critical that the four-hour standard is met on behalf of patients, so that they get the timely care they need.
"That's why we are pulling out all the stops to make sure the NHS is as prepared as it possibly can be for the coming winter."
She added: "We know that A&Es are under pressure, and that long-term change is needed to make sure the system is fit for future years, with a better-organised urgent and emergency care system and better management of older people and those with multiple long-term illnesses to prevent them becoming so ill they need emergency hospital admission.
"Sir Bruce Keogh is currently carrying out an in-depth national review into the future management of urgent and emergency care which will set out ways in which services can be changed across the country to meet the changing needs of the population, and we are working closely with the Department of Health to achieve better preventative care through the Vulnerable Older People's Plan."