Fourteen hospitals have been chosen to pilot a new way to measure performance, which could pave the way for the end of the four-hour A&E target in England.

NHS England said last month that it was time to review the “outdated target”.

But the move is controversial, with some seeing it as an attempt to move the goalposts because the target has been missed for more than three years.

And the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has been critical of the plans, calling them “disappointing”.

The trusts chosen include a mix of rural and urban sites and top and bottom performers.

They are: • Cambridge University Hospitals • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital • Frimley Health • Imperial College Healthcare • Kettering General Hospital • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

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