Notes to editors
The NHS under the coalition government - Part two: NHS performance is published by The King’s Fund on 26 March 2015. For further information or to request an interview, please contact the Press and Public Affairs team on 020 7307 2585 (if calling out of hours, please ring 07584 146035).
(1) Between September 2009 and September 2014, the number of nurses increased by 2.5 per cent (8,108 FTE), the number of consultants by 16.7 per cent (5,789 FTE), and the number of GPs by 2.3 per cent (835 FTE). At the same time the number of management staff reduced by 17.3 per cent (7,345 FTE).
(2) A number of patient surveys show that patient experience remains high and is improving across many services. Public satisfaction with the NHS increased to 65 per cent in 2014, its second highest level ever, having fallen from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2011.
(3) Cases of MRSA and C difficile had decreased significantly before the coalition took office and have continued to fall to 34 and 445 respectively in January 2015. This compares to 59 and 1,019 in May 2010.
(4) In the third quarter of 2014/15, 7.4 per cent of patients spent longer than four hours in A&E. This is up from 2 per cent in the final quarter before the coalition came into office and is the poorest performance since 2003.
11.3 per cent of inpatients and 5 per cent of outpatients waited longer than 18 weeks for treatment in January 2015. This compares to 7.1 per cent and 1.8 per cent respectively in May 2010. The targets for both have been breached in recent months for the first time since 2008.
The target that 85 per cent of patients with suspected cancer should be treated within 62 days has been missed for four consecutive quarters, having never previously been missed since it was introduced at the end of 2008/9.
(5) Occupancy rates for general and acute beds in hospitals increased to 89.5 per cent in the third quarter of 2014/15, up from 87.7 per cent in the same quarter in 2010/11, with one in six trusts reporting occupancy levels above 95 per cent. Occupancy rates above 85 per cent are generally considered likely to lead to bed shortages and expose patients to risks.
(6) 38 per cent of staff reported that they had felt unwell due to work-related stress according to the 2014 NHS Staff Survey. Staff morale has topped the list of concerns raised by trust finance directors in the regular survey undertaken for our last two quarterly monitoring reports.
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