The four-hour accident and emergency target has not been hit in over two years.
The four hour A&E target hasn’t been met in England since July 2015, and the last time it was met over a full year was in 2013/14. The target hasn't been met at “major” A&E departments since June 2013 and hasn’t been above 95% annually since 2010/11.
“The four-hour A&E target has not been hit in over two years.”
Jonathan Ashworth MP, May 7 2017
The government has a target to admit, transfer, or discharge 95% of Accident and Emergency visits within four hours of arrival in England.
The proportion of A&E attendances seen within four hours has fallen slowly from 98% in 2009/10 to 89% in 2016/17.
But these figures cover all A&E departments and include things like walk-in centres treating more minor injuries. It’s also possible to see if the target is being met in “major” departments, the kind people might normally think of when they consider A&E.
At these “major” departments, the 95% target hasn’t been met since June 2013. Over a full year the proportion of attendances seen within four hours hasn’t been at 95% since 2010/11. That was the same year the target was changed from 98%, which hasn’t been achieved over a year’s period since records began.