The King's Fund responds to the latest monthly hospital performance data

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Responding to today’s NHS combined performance summary, Richard Murray, Chief Executive at The King’s Fund said:

‘For the first time the winter crisis in accident and emergency (A&E) has merged straight into a summer crisis, with no sign of the usual summer recovery.

‘In July just 3 out of 119 major accident and emergency departments met the target for seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours. While A&E departments are running hot, with the highest number of people attending A&E in a month on record, the number of people waiting for planned hospital treatment has now exceeded 4.5 million.

‘The proportion of people waiting more than 18 weeks to start treatment stands at the highest level in over a decade. Progress on bringing down the list of people waiting more than a year to start treatment has also stalled.

‘Today’s figures make clear that patients face a long wait to see improvements in care as a result of the NHS funding boost. Measures announced by the government this week to review consultants’ pensions have the potential to reduce some of the operational pressures which are leading to declining performance, but addressing chronic staff shortages in the NHS will require a raft of measures and must be an priority for the new government.’

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