Accident and emergency: attendances and performance
In 2017 there were 23.6m A&E attendances in England. Recent years have seen more targets missed and longer waiting times than previous years.
A&E performance: England v Wales
A higher percentage of A&E patients spend 12 hours in A&E in Wales than in England. Asking who is responsible for that is a complex question.
Could 18 million GP appointments be seen by pharmacists?
GPs think some appointments could be dealt with by pharmacists. We don’t have enough evidence to confidently say how many could be.
Emergency admissions to hospitals from care homes are up 62%
Emergency admissions to hospital from care homes are rising faster than emergency admissions overall in England.
Is the term 'NHS winter crisis' becoming more common?
What does a crude search for articles containing both NHS and “winter crisis” in a newspaper database tell us about use of the term?
Will £500 million make any difference to the NHS at winter?
Government after government has considered £500 million plenty of money to boast about giving the NHS to help deal with the extra pressures of winter.
SNP Manifesto: Accident and emergency
The facts about A&E in Scotland.
When was the four-hour A&E target last hit?
Has it been two years or three since the four-hour A&E target was hit? We took a look.
A&E waiting times
The number of people waiting four hours in all types of A&E in England in 2015/16 is higher than in 2010/11. More people are going to A&E but the percentage of people seen within four hours has also fallen.
A&E in England has never been busier
There were 2.5 million more attendances at English A&Es in 2016 compared with 2010.
Staffing in A&E
There are roughly 600 more A&E consultants, 1,500 more A&E doctors, and 2,000 more paramedics since 2010.
Are patients going to A&E instead of GPs?
It was estimated in 2010 that between 10% and 30% of cases attending A&E were of a type that could be seen by a GP.
A&E waiting times: better or worse?
More patients are being seen within four hours at A&E departments, but the percentage of visits processed within that time has been falling.