NHS England’s latest performance figures show a steady increase in A&E waiting times in most hospitals, with significant numbers of cases not meeting the four-hour target.
The statistics show a 4.4% increase in total A&E attendances for October 2019 versus the same time last year, with 83.6% of attendances admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours, a fall in the absolute number of patients meeting this target over the previous year.
Other statistics reported in the latest release include calls made to NHS 111 (a 2.5 % increase over the last year), and ambulance service incidents (23,886 per day). Of patients on referral to treatment (RTT) pathways, 84.8% had been on waiting lists for less than 18 weeks, not meeting the 92% target. Statistics on diagnostics, transfer of care, and cancer waiting times were also provided.
Writing on the performance of NHS England, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, Richard Murray, said:
“Amidst the political rhetoric of the general election campaign, today’s statistics lay bare the stark reality for patients across the country who are struggling to access NHS hospital services…
“These figures underline the scale of the challenge for the next government, which will enter office when the NHS faces one of the worst winters in its history…”
To read the full Kings Fund response, click here.
To read the Combined Performance Summary document, click here.