Following recent media coverage of NHS accident and emergency department performance, NHS Providers has published NHS Providers view on NHS A&E performance and linked media coverage.
This briefing sets out facts about current A&E performance without underplaying the real pressures facing providers.
The briefing hihghlights the following:
- Very few trusts are performing well, as measured by meeting the seeing 95% of A&E patients within the four-hour standard. We expect overall NHS performance for last week against the standard to be between 70 and 80%.
- The vast majority of trusts are coping with the demand, in terms of avoiding persistently long trolley and 12-hour waits but some are struggling to do so.
- There is a small number of trusts who are failing to cope with the demand and who have seen persistently large trolley and 12-hour waits. These tend to have lasted for short periods as corrective management action kicks in. Clearly, any incident of unavoidable harm is unacceptable and trusts are doing all they can to avoid them.
Read the full briefing here