NHS Key Statistics: England, January 2018
Published Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Summary of demand, performance and capacity for NHS services in England. Covers areas such as: A&E statistics, waiting lists, ambulance data, delayed discharges, and staffing levels including doctors and nurses.
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The NHS in England has experience increased demand pressures in recent years
- The number of emergency admissions to hospital has risen by 16% over five years.
- There are an average of 4,800 more A&E attendaces each day than five years ago.
- The waiting list for treatment has risen 47% faster than population growth since 2012.
Performance on many waiting times measures has declined
- 16.5% of hospital A&E attendees spent longer than 4 hours in the department in 2017, compared with 5.6% in 2012.
- Waiting times for consultant-led treatment have been above the 18-week target since early 2016.
- The number of 'trolley waits' for admission has quadrupled over five years.
Improvement is evident on some measures, and staff numbers have increased in most categories
- The number of delayed discharges has fallen by 20% in the past year, after a sustained rise between 2014 and 2016.
- The number of hospital doctors has risen by 9.5% since 2012.
- The number fo GPs and NHS nurses has fallen slightly over the past year.
The full PDF briefing paper examines 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
For information on NHS funding and expenditure, please see our separate briefing.
Health is a devolved area. These statistics relate to the NHS in England only.
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