A&E IN CRISIS: 2013/14 worst year in a decade – official

ambulance1New figures show 2013/14 was the worst year in a decade in A&E

The scale of David Cameron’s failure on the NHS is revealed today in new official figures which show the highest number of patients waiting longer than 4 hours in A&E in a decade and record numbers of patients being admitted to A&E.

Figures out today from NHS England show:

  • The number of patients waiting longer than 4 hours in A&E in 2013/14 reaches highest level since 2003/04
  • Record numbers of patients admitted via A&E
  • Trolley waits hit a ten year high

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said:

“2013/14 has been the worst year in a decade in A&E and shows that David Cameron is taking the NHS backwards.

“David Cameron promised he’d protect the NHS, but he wasted billions on an unnecessary re-organisation, inflicted deep cuts on social care and made it harder to see a GP – all the ingredients for the current pressures in A&E.

“There’s only one person responsible for the A&E crisis, and that’s David Cameron.

“It is yet further proof that you cannot trust the Tories with the NHS.”

Notes:

  • Figures released today by NHS England show that the number of patients waiting longer than four hours to be seen at hospital A&E departments reached 925,486 in 2013/14 – the worst in a decade.
  A&E attendances > 4 hours from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge
Year Type 1 Departments – Major A&E Percentage in 4 hours or less (type 1)
2004-05 667,595 95.0%
2005-06 335,373 97.5%
2006-07 338,643 97.5%
2007-08 396,449 97.0%
2008-09 371,228 97.2%
2009-10 344,772 97.5%
2010-11 545,805 96.1%
2011-12 713,289 94.9%
2012-13 888,577 93.8%
2013-14 925,486 93.5%

Source: NHS England, Quarterly time series http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/weekly-ae-sitreps-2013-14/

  • The figure has almost trebled since 2009/10.
  • Today’s figures also show that emergency admissions have reached a record high – a clear sign that there are more elderly and frail people attending A&E.
Year Emergency Admissions via Type 1 A&E
2003-04 2,467,748
2004-05 2,755,952
2005-06 2,891,759
2006-07 2,977,330
2007-08 3,031,806
2008-09 3,206,642
2009-10 3,363,345
2010-11 3,478,743
2011-12 3,585,749
2012-13 3,727,062
2013-14 3,792,354

Source: NHS England, Quarterly time series http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/weekly-ae-sitreps-2013-14/

  • Today’s figures also show that the number of people who waited on trolleys in A&E to be admitted to hospital wards hit a ten year high
  • In 2013/14, 167,969 patients experienced trolley waits of longer than 4 hours – highest level in a decade.
Year Number of patients spending >4 from decision to admit to admission
2004-05 92,663
2005-06 54,187
2006-07 57,841
2007-08 79,300
2008-09 73,519
2009-10 61,969
2010-11 93,905
2011-12 108,191
2012-13 152,414
2013-14 167,969

Source: NHS England, Quarterly time series http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/weekly-ae-sitreps-2013-14/

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