The latest report on the performance of the provider sector in England, covering July to September 2018, shows that hospitals admitted nearly 1,000 more emergency patients a day than in the same period last year, treating 5.52 million patients within the four-hour target. Hospitals have been able to discharge more patients from their services sooner, including reducing the number of beds occupied by patients who have been there for more than three weeks (classed as a ‘long-stay patients’), freeing up the equivalent of 2,470 beds in time for winter. However, these achievements come as waiting times for planned treatment, such as routine non-urgent operations, have increased.
- Quarterly performance of the NHS provider sector: quarter 2 2018/19. NHS Improvement