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A&E waiting times figures released on Tuesday are expected to be the worst since targets were introduced a decade ago

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Health Minister Norman Lamb has admitted the NHS “is not meeting” its targets, as new figures today are expected to show that A&E waiting times have fallen to their worst level for a decade.

Many hospitals have struggled under the pressure this winter, with some failing to meet the target of dealing with 95 per cent of patients within four hours.

The latest figures, which cover October to December and will be released later this morning, are expected to be the worst since this target was introduced a decade ago.

Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Lamb said Britain’s ageing population means hospitals are having to treat older patients with chronic conditions.

He said: “We rightly have the toughest targets in the developed world…

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