Real story of winter shows there is a great distance to go to recover NHS performance

11 April 2019

Responding to the latest monthly performance figures from NHS England, the director of policy and strategy at NHS Providers, Miriam Deakin said:

“Coming out of the winter months we are seeing a mixed picture in performance.

“It is clear that the rise in demand in emergency and urgent care services shows no sign of slowing. Performance against the four hour target remains well below the 95% standard; however, thanks to the hard work of NHS staff more people are being seen within this time.

Performance against the four hour target remains well below the 95% standard; however, thanks to the hard work of NHS staff more people are being seen within this time.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“For the first time, we have also seen ambulance services meeting the new standard to get to patients with life-threatening cases despite growing demand.

“More widely we are seeing improvement in meeting key cancer targets, and trusts are making reductions against waiting lists. This is an achievement in the context of the steep rise in demand for services, including in urgent care.

These figures reflect the real story of winter. We must be realistic about the pressure trusts and their staff are under. There is a great distance to go to recover performance to the levels the public expect.

Miriam Deakin    Director of Policy and Strategy

“These figures reflect the real story of winter. We must be realistic about the pressure trusts and their staff are under. There is a great distance to go to recover performance to the levels the public expect.”

 

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