13 July 2023
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) has responded to the latest Emergency Department performance statistics for June 2023.
Published today (13 July 2023) by NHS England, the June data show two in five patients waited four-hours or more in A&Es and more than 108,000 patients (8%) waited 12-hours or more from their time of arrival at A&E.
Commenting on these figures, Dr Ian Higginson, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said:
“The data show some small improvements, but these are tiny positives when you consider that more than 100,000 patients still had to wait longer than 12-hours in English Emergency Departments alone. We cannot accept this as normal; these long delays are dangerous and appalling and have a major impact on our patients and staff.
“Summer is generally thought of as being a time of reduced pressure on the NHS. Yet we are seeing little evidence that the Urgent and Emergency Care delivery plan is having a significant effect, or that it will yet prove to be little more than words on paper.
“With the unprecedented industrial action underway and consultants set to strike next week, the NHS remains in a precarious position.”
The A&E performance figures come on the day that the longest period of industrial action by junior doctors (post-graduate doctors in training) begins.
Dr Higginson continued: “We support our members’ and colleagues’ right to take industrial action. We urge the BMA and the government to move past this current impasse and find a resolution quickly, for the sake of patients and staff.
“Many healthcare workers and patients will be worried about the industrial action taking place this weekend, Trusts must ensure they have the appropriate plans in place as patient safety is paramount.
“If our members and colleagues are concerned their service is becoming unsafe, they should escalate their concerns via their Clinical Lead, Medical Director and the Chief Operating Officer.
“While industrial action may be disruptive, patients who need Emergency Care should seek it in the normal way by attending A&E or calling 999.”
Notes to editor
Head to our data & statistics page to see graphs and visualizations of the latest figures: https://rcem.ac.uk/data-statistics/
The latest Emergency Department performance figures published by NHS England for June 2023 for show:
Beds data for June 2023 show: