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NHS Indicators: England, June 2017

Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A briefing on demand and performance 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 NHS in England is experiencing continuing pressure on demand and performance

  • The waiting list for elective treatment has risen to 3.78 million – 5% higher than a year ago
  • Long waits for emergency admission (‘trolley waits’) rose by 45% in 2016/17
  • Delayed discharges from hospital caused by waits for home care rose by 45% in 2016/17

There are signs of improvement and recovery on some measures

  • Rates of 4-hour waits in A&E stopped rising in early 2017
  • Ambulance response rates began to improve in early 2017, although targets are not yet being met
  • Delayed discharges from hospital have started to fall
  • Waiting times for mental health treatment through IAPT services continue to fall – targets are being comfortably met

Staff numbers in most categories continue to increase, to varying degrees

  • The number of hospital doctors rose by 2.3% in the last year, and by 11.4% since 2010
  • There are 0.2% more nurses & health visitors than a year ago, and 1.4% more than in 2010
  • However, the number of GPs is estimated to have fallen in the last year

NHS Demand and Performance summary: Comparing 2016 with 2015 (click thumbnail to view full-size)

Comparing 2016 and 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.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7281

Author: Carl Baker

Topics: Health services, Health staff and professions, Mental health

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