Breadcrumb Home Projects The NHS in a nutshell Accident and emergency (A&E) waiting times This content relates to the following topics: Emergency care Performance General election 2019 Part of The NHS in a nutshell Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page Article information Posted:Tuesday 17 September 2019 Accident and emergency (A&E) waiting times are one of the most high-profile indicators of how hospitals are performing. How is A&E performance measured and what influences how long people wait? Get the latest news from The King's FundSubscribe to our newsletters to keep up-to-date with the world of health and social care and hear the latest news and views from The King's Fund.Learn moreNow read this...NHS waiting times: our positionVideoAn alternative guide to the urgent and emergency care system in England This animation explains how the urgent and emergency care system fits together and shows how solving problems in A&E requires a joined-up response across all services.What’s going on with A&E waiting times? Waiting times in accident and emergency (A&E) departments are a key measure of how the NHS is performing. In recent years, patients have been waiting longer in A&E; here we look at why that is. Long readWhat does the NHS England review of waiting times mean for accident and emergency departments? As NHS England proposes new waiting times targets, Siva Anandaciva weighs up the impact of the four-hour target and outlines seven key issues for the new standards that have been proposed for emergency departments.BlogInside England’s first accident and emergency department for older people With accident and emergency performance reaching new lows across England, one NHS hospital is taking an innovative approach to meet the needs of its older patients. ArticleThe politics of health: what do the public think about the NHS? Dan Wellings reviews the polls to uncover what the public are looking for from politicians when it comes to the NHS. More NHS in a nutshellActive projectThe NHS in a nutshell Essential facts and figures to understand how the NHS works Data visualisationThe number of hospital beds Over the past three decades the number of hospital beds has been declining in England. This is a result of medical advances and a shift in policy towards providing treatment and care outside hospital.Data visualisationHospital activity The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, with hospitals experiencing increases in attendances at A&E departments, non-elective (emergency) admissions, elective admissions, and outpatient attendances. You may also be interested in Blog Five reasons why this NHS winter may be different Siva Anandaciva considers the prospects for a NHS dealing with winter pressures, workforce challenges and limited funding, while planning for a no-deal Brexit. Press release The King's Fund responds to today's NHS England's combined performance summary ‘Amidst the political rhetoric of the general election campaign, today’s statistics lay bare the stark reality for patients across the country who are struggling to access NHS hospital services,' says Richard Murray, Chief Executive of The King's Fund. Blog 2019: The health policy year in 12 charts Siva Anandaciva takes a quick look back at some of the key events that shaped national policy in 2019 and asks what the year ahead might have in store for health and care. Blog Inside England’s first accident and emergency department for older people With accident and emergency performance reaching new lows across England, one NHS hospital is taking an innovative approach to meet the needs of its older patients.