Notes to editors
How is the NHS performing? was published by The King's Fund on 31 May 2012. For further information, or to request an interview with John Appleby, please contact the Press and Public Affairs team on 020 7307 2585 (if calling out of hours, please ring 07584 146 035).
226,021 patients (4.2 per cent) waited for more than four hours in A&E in the last quarter of 2011/12, compared to 177,815 (3 per cent) in the same quarter in 2010/11. This is an increase from 144,843 patients (2.7 per cent) at the end of the second quarter in 2010/11, although it should be noted that seasonal factors mean that the four-hour target is breached more often in the last two quarters of the year. The Department of Health no longer publish A&E data on a quarterly basis so the figures are based on aggregating weekly data.
In June 2011, the Prime Minister announced five key pledges on the NHS, including a pledge to keep waiting times low – this incorporated a commitment on A&E waiting times. He also announced that the previous government’s target that 98 per cent of patients should wait no more than four hours would be relaxed to 95 per cent, and that additional A&E performance measures also monitored.
Our survey of NHS finance directors has been expanded. 136 were invited to take part in this quarter's survey, of whom 60 responded. Responses were collected via an internet survey between 17 April and 1 May.
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