Analysis: NHS performance statistics up to and including December 2016


10 / 02 / 2017

This briefing provides an overview of the key findings from the latest set of NHS performance data and some relevant points of comparison.

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  • A&E attendances in the first nine months of 2016/17 are 4 per cent higher in major (type 1) units and 3.8 per cent higher overall compared to same period in 2015/16.
  • Emergency admissions via type 1 A&Es are up 4 per cent between April and December 2016, compared to April to December 2015.
  • Trolley waits are 65 per cent higher to date in 2016/17 compared to the same period in 2015/16. There were more trolley waits longer than 12 hours in the third quarter of 2016/17 alone than the whole of any previous year.
  • The proportion of delayed days that are deemed to be the responsibility of social care organisations has increased from 26.2 to 33.9 per cent between April and December 2013 and April and December 2016.
  • The proportions of patients both seen within two weeks of an urgent GP referral for suspected cancer and that commenced cancer treatment within one month of the decision to treat were the highest for the whole of 2016 in December.
  • The number of patients on the waiting list has fallen to its lowest level since June, but the proportion patients waiting less than 18 weeks fell below 90 per cent for the first time in nearly six years.
  • While it fell to its lowest proportion since June, the new Early Intervention in Psychosis continues to be met comfortably, at 74.4 per cent, compared to the 50 per cent threshold.
  • The number of people waiting more than six weeks for a diagnostic test is 19.5 per cent lower than December 2015.

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