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Doctor's perspective: the ‘new’ UK 4-h target
  1. Ru Zhou1,
  2. Jonathan Costello2
  1. 1University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ru Zhou, Department of medicine, University of Sydney, City Road, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia; azho7272{at}

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In April 2011, the NHS ‘4-h target’ was aligned with clinical quality indicators resulting in a reduction in the ED timed target adherence rate from 98% to 95%.1 We subsequently carried out a qualitative survey to determine the perceived impact of the revised …

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  • Ethics approval The study described in this letter involves the use of a standardised and de-identified questionnaire distributed amongst clinicians working in the Emergency Department. Consent is implied through participation in this study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.