Improving patient flow is an important priority
01 June 2018
- The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) publish their Winter flow report for 2017/18.
- The report confirms that, despite some improvements, winter of 2017/18 was one of the worst for emergency care system performance in the history of the NHS.
- The average four-hour performance through the winter was 81.21%.
Responding to the Winter Flow report by RCEM, NHS Providers head of analysis, Phillippa Hentsch, said:
"These findings reflect the unprecedented pressures we saw last winter, not just in A&E but right across health and social care.
"There are not enough staff, ambulances, community and mental health capacity or hospital beds to cope.
There are not enough staff, ambulances, community and mental health capacity or hospital beds to cope.
"Improving patient flow so people receive appropriate care without delay during treatment and recovery, not just in hospital but right across health and social care, is an important priority.
"NHS trusts are working hard to deliver this."