The report finds that for the final quarter of 2012/13, nearly 6 per cent of patients waited four hours or longer in A&E, the highest level since 2004.
The growing pressure on hospitals is also reflected in a survey of NHS finance directors carried out for the report. This suggests that, although the NHS will end 2012/13 in a healthy financial position, the outlook for the next two years is bleak, with the majority expecting the NHS to fail to meet its target to deliver £20 billion in productivity improvements by 2015.
Despite the pressures in emergency care, other NHS performance measures are continuing to hold up well. Waiting times for referral to treatment in hospital, the number of health care-acquired infections and delays in transferring patients out of hospital all remain stable.
More on quarterly monitoring
- Listen to John Appleby talk through the facts behind A&E attendances
- Catch up with our analysis around urgent and emergency care
- See our press release on this report
- Read our evidence submission to the Health Select Committee's inquiry into emergency services and emergency care
- Find out more about our quarterly monitoring report project