A&E waiting times are now at their worst level since records began – Jonathan Ashworth to NHS performance data
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, responding to today’s NHS performance data, said:
“A&E waiting times are now at their worst level since records began, which is a damning indictment of years of austerity and wider cuts imposed upon health and care services under the Tories.
“Ministerial incompetence has left our NHS with chronic shortages of NHS staff with no clear idea of how to sort this out.
“Instead of putting patients first with a clear plan to restore the A&E standard, ministers are looking at scrapping it altogether in the teeth of opposition from the doctors who actually work in A&E departments.
“Yet again today’s figures reveal an NHS in desperate crisis and a Government failing patients.”
Notes to editors:
- In January 2019, just 84.4 per cent of patients were seen within 4 hours in A&E. This is the lowest performance on record. For Type 1 major A&E departments, just 76.1 of patients were seen within 4 hours in January 2019, also the lowest on record. The target is for 95 per cent of patients to be seen within 4 hours.
- In January 2019, 83,519 people waited more than 4 hours from decision to admit to admission – “trolley waits” – the highest number on record.
- There are 4.3 million people on the NHS waiting list, and the median wait for treatment is 7.6 weeks – the joint longest wait on record. In December 2018, 2,237 patients had been waiting more than 1 year for treatment.
- Sources: A and E attendance statistics: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2018-19/
Consultant-led referral to treatment times: https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/RTT-statistical-press-notice-PDF-547K-89381.pdf