Thursday 8 August 2019 / 10:07 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Tory NHS cuts lead to Summer crisis in hospitals as A&E target missed for four years in a row – Ashworth

Figures published today (Thursday 8 August) by NHS England show that the four hour A&E waiting time target has been missed nationally for four years with Labour blasting the government, saying “ Tory cuts are putting patients at risk”.

The Labour Party is also publishing figures showing a huge increase in the number of patients stranded on trolleys in overcrowded hospitals

Latest figures published by NHS England show that Accident and Emergency departments nationally have failed to hit the four hour waiting time target for patients arriving at A&E since July 2015. The most recent data (for July) shows that the number of people waiting four hours or longer in major A&E departments (type 1) was 264,397 compared with 38,397 in July 2011.

Annual data from NHS England shows that since 2009/10, the number of people waiting four hours or longer in A&E departments has soared with 2.9 million people waiting too long in 2018/19 compared to 353, 617 in 2009/10.

In July 2019, there were 57,694 patients waiting for longer than four hours following a decision to admit to admission (trolley waits), compared with 5,645 in July 2011.

Commenting on the figures, Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said:

“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS. After a week in which Boris Johnson attempted to mislead on NHS funding and Matt Hancock failed to fix Osborne’s reckless pension changes, we now get the true verdict on the Tory mishandling of the NHS.

“After years of Tory cuts more and more patients are waiting longer for operations, for cancer treatment, for diagnostic tests and in A&Es. The Tories are failing to meet target after target. Hospitals are bursting, the NHS struggles with chronic staff shortages of 100,000 and it is putting patients at risk.

“Today’s dismal performance figures confirms what Boris Johnson’s advisor conceded – Tory MPs simply don’t care about the NHS.”

Ends

Notes to Editors

  • Today’s figures from NHS England reveal that the four hour A&E waiting time target has now not been met since July 2015.
  • Just 86.5 per cent of patients were seen within four hours, against a target of 95 per cent.
  • 57,694 patients were left waiting longer than four hours following a decision to admit to admission (“trolley waits”) compared with just 5,645 in July 2011.
  • 436 patients were left waiting longer than 12 hours on trolleys in July, compared with just 6 in July 2011.
  • The Government failed to meet 6 out of 8 of their cancer targets. This includes the 62 day target, which now hasn’t been met since December 2015.
  • They also missed the C1 Ambulance waiting time target, the six week diagnostic target and the 18 week wait for treatment
  • Source for all data: NHS England, Combined Performance Summary, https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/combined-performance-summary/

Accident and Emergency – Number of patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E and national performance

Month Type 1 Departments – Major A&E Percentage in 4 hours or less (type 1) Percentage in 4 hours or less (all)
Jul-11 38,397 96.40% 97.70%
Jul-12 49,173 95.60% 97.10%
Jul-13 58,161 94.90% 96.70%
Jul-14 84,714 92.70% 95.20%
Jul-15 83,634 92.60% 95.20%
Jul-16 174,914 85.40% 90.50%
Jul-17 175,524 85.30% 90.40%
Jul-18 201,956 83.30% 89.40%
Jul-19  264,397 78.9% 86.5%

Source: NHS England, Accident and Emergency Statistics, Monthly A&E Timeseries, https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2019-20/

Number of patients spending four and 12 hours following a decision to admit to admission (Trolley waits)

Month Number of patients spending >4 hours from decision to admit to admission Number of patients spending >12 hours from decision to admit to admission
Jul-11 5,645 6
Jul-12 7,265 1
Jul-13 9,303 3
Jul-14 16,616 5
Jul-15 17,275 22
Jul-16 37,466 113
Jul-17 37,258 74
Jul-18 42,823 149
Jul-19 57,694 436

Source: NHS England, Accident and Emergency Statistics, Monthly A&E Timeseries, https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2019-20/

Annual A&E data – number of patients waiting longer than four hours in A&E

Year Total Attendances > 4 hours
2009/10 353,617
2010/11 557,114
2011/12 724,943
2012/13 901,411
2013/14 939,186
2014/15 1,421,138
2015/16 1,854,980
2016/17 2,540,440
2017/18 2,778,687
2018/19 2,976,112

Source: NHS England, Accident and Emergency Statistics, Quarterly and Annual Timeseries, https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/ae-attendances-and-emergency-admissions-2019-20/