It is worrying to see the NHS missing targets when the busiest times are yet ahead. Sudden cold weather often brings a greater demand on the cash strapped trusts. Admissions for serious illness and unexpected injuries increases towards the midwinter.

If targets are not being met, this can only mean patients failing to get the right treatment quickly or being dismissed or misdiagnosed altogether. This only has a knock on effect for complaints and claims in the future.

Lets hope the NHS is getting itself ready for the busy season ahead.