The King's Fund responds to new standards for measuring A&E performance

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Responding to the recommendations in the Transformation of urgent and emergency care: models of care and measurement report, Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund, said:

‘These new standards for measuring A&E performance include a welcome focus on patients with the most time-critical conditions and the longest waits in emergency departments. But changing how performance is measured will not fix the long-standing challenges that under-staffed and under-resourced urgent and emergency care services face.

‘The proposed new measures would also throw a lot of change at a system under critical stress, with the consultation period closing during what may be the toughest winter in the history of the NHS.

‘The killer question of what performance levels to set remains unanswered. This decision will ultimately lie with ministers who will need to ensure that ambition is matched by the investment needed to improve services for patients. Without supporting investment to implement these changes, the potential benefits of these new targets for patients and clinical staff may remain aspirational.’