NHS performance and satisfaction

Fact checks about the reported quality of the NHS, waiting lists and quality of care

5 May 2017

Are there one million people in hospital with nowhere else to go?

In January there were 7,100 people in hospital at the end of the month who were medically fit to leave but weren't discharged. Across the whole month there were 197,000 …

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Are there one million people in hospital with nowhere else to go?
26 April 2017

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 …

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A&E waiting times
10 March 2017

Cancer care waiting times

An NHS target for the proportion of cancer patients being treated within 62 days of referral is being missed. In January the proportion meeting the target was the lowest since …

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Cancer care waiting times
22 February 2017

Hospitals: safety versus quality

The Prime Minister and leader of the opposition clashed over the number of hospitals which are unsafe and how many are good or outstanding during Prime Minister’s Questions. We factchecked …

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Hospitals: safety versus quality
22 February 2017

Who's cutting hospital bed numbers?

It’s been falling almost constantly since the 1980s, but there's more to these figures than meets the eye.

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Who's cutting hospital bed numbers?
10 February 2017

A&E in England has never been busier

There were 2.5 million more attendances at English A&Es in 2016 compared with 2010.

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A&E in England has never been busier
31 January 2017

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.

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Are patients going to A&E instead of GPs?
13 January 2017

How many hospital black alerts were there this week?

Media reports say that 23 hospital trusts in England have reached the highest level on the NHS’s system for saying whether they are under pressure, or are otherwise under serious …

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How many hospital black alerts were there this week?
13 January 2017

Four million on hospital waiting lists

At least 3.7 million patient referrals in England were waiting to receive non-emergency treatment as of November 2016. It may be as high as 3.9 million.

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Four million on hospital waiting lists
11 January 2017

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.

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A&E waiting times: better or worse?

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