NHS Indicators: England, October 2017
Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
A summary of performance indicators and demand levels for NHS services in England. Covers areas such as: A&E statistics, waiting lists, ambulance data, delayed charges, and staffing levels including doctors and nurses.
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- The waiting list for consultant-led treatment has risen to 3.85 million – 25% higher than it was three years ago.
- Long waits for emergency admission (‘trolley waits’ of over four hours after a decision to admit was made) have more than doubled over the past three years.
- Ambulance responses to life-threatening calls have risen by an estimated 22.5% over the past three years, and ambulance waiting time targets have not been met since 2015.
- The percentage of 4-hour waits in A&E stopped rising in early 2017, although waits are still higher than in years prior to 2016.
- The number of delayed discharges from hospital has fallen slightly in recent months. Delays attributable to the NHS are down on last year.
- The number of hospital doctors rose by 2.6% in the last year. Ambulance staff are up 6.5%, and scientific staff are up 3.1%.
- There are 1,000 fewer nurses and health visitors than a year ago – a fall of 0.4%.
- The number of GPs is estimated to have fallen by 3% since September 2015
The full PDF briefing paper looks at trends in the following areas:
- Accident & Emergency attendance and performance
- Ambulance demand and response times
- Waiting times and waiting lists for routine treatment
- Waiting times for cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Cancelled operations
- Delayed discharges and transfers of care
- Diagnostic waiting times and activity
- Waiting times for mental health treatment
- Workforce numbers for doctors, nurses and other staff
- Hospital activity, referrals and admissions
- Bed availability and occupancy
Health is a devolved area. These statistics relate to the NHS in England only.
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