Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

Monday mornings are A&E ‘rush hour’

Monday morning was the busiest time of the week

The busiest time in accident and emergency departments in England is Monday morning, hospital data shows.

There are 4,000 cases every hour between 10am and noon on Monday – twice the common.

Late morning was the busiest time of day within the week but Monday came out on top, figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show.

There were 17.6 million A&E visits in 2011-12, up from 16.2 million inside the previous year.

The chief executive of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Tim Straughan, said: “It can be well-known after all that accident and emergency departments are very busy places.

“The undeniable fact that A&E services in England on average see twice the common collection of new cases coming in the course of the door collectively on a standard Monday morning indicates just how much society depends upon these front line services.”