England's A&E attendances so far in 2016 are 6% higher than in 2015. In the last year, 15% of patients spent over 4 hours in major A&E departments, compared with 5% five years ago. This briefing gives stats on A&E demand, performance and pressure for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Jump to full report >>
A summary of data for England follows:
In 2015/16 there weere 22.9 million attendances at England's A&E departments, of which 65% were at major departments ('type 1') which operate a constulant-led 24 hour service. In 2016 so far, attendances have been 6% above the same period in 2015.
Relative to population size, Northern Ireland has the highest rate of attendance at major A&E departments of UK countries. Once we include minor A&E departments, England’s total rate of attendance is higher.
The number and percentage of patients spending over four hours in A&E has risen in recent years. In the quarter to March 2016, over 18% of patients in type 1 departments spent over 4 hours in A&E – the highest for over a decade. The target for 95% of all attendees to be discharged, admitted or transferred within 4 hours has not been met in the monthly data since July 2015.
There were 4.2 million emergency admissions to hospital in 2015/16 - up 4% on the previous year.
Long waits for admission have become more commons, with the numbers waiting over 4 hours for admission after a decision to admit had been made increasing by 26% over the last year and by 130% over the last two years.
Some data for local NHS providers can be downloaded below. Links to source data can be found on the right of this page. MPs and their staff can contact Library staff for more data for their local areas.
Commons Briefing papers SN06964
Author: Carl Baker