The King's Fund responds to the latest NHS performance figures

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Commenting on the latest NHS performance figures published this morning, Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at The King’s Fund, said:

‘Compared to previous years there has been less talk of a ‘winter crisis’ in the NHS. This is testament to the hard work of staff, as well as a mild winter and low levels of flu and norovirus.

‘Yet today’s figures reveal a hidden crisis that is all too real in emergency departments up and down the country. In January just 84 per cent of patients were seen by A&E units within the four-hour target, the lowest level since this data was first collected. Hospitals are full, with more than 95 per cent of beds occupied last week, well over recommended safe levels.

‘We must not become immune to the reality that behind today’s figures are stories of people with urgent medical needs waiting too long to be treated. NHS England’s review of performance targets must show how the NHS can get back to delivering the level of service that patients are entitled to expect and NHS staff want to deliver.'

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