NHS Waiting Times – Are they getting worse?

More NHS Foundation Trusts are falling behind their Waiting Times target according to this article from the Guardian, where some 32 out of 88 hospital trusts are failing to treat accident patients within four hours of arrival in A&E.

NHS Hospitals have to meet a Government set target to treat 95 % of all patients visiting A&E within a four hour window. As part of its recent report on the figures Monitor – the regulator tasked with monitoring the semi-independent NHS foundation trusts, said that these figures reflect the fact that these hospitals are really struggling to deal with an ever-increasing numbers of patients attending A&E.

In a similar survey published last December (2012) the Quality Care Commission also commented…

“…that 33% of people spent more than four hours waiting for treatment in A&E, up from 27% in 2008. It also noted a large rise in the number of patients who had to wait more than 30 minutes before seeing a nurse or doctor.”

Clearly a trend in emerging. Let’s hope that the NHS can get on top of this issue soon, but with the many changes that are about to hit the NHS over the coming months we think it will be a tough task to see an early improvement.

Raw Data

Some of the raw data that went into the creation of these reports is available as Spreadsheets (Excel) for direct download from the Department of Health website. Once you arrive at this page, you will need to scroll down to December 2012 A&E Data, it is the last file in that listing (the file name is: 2012-13 Quarter 3 : – 13 weeks to w/e 30.12.2012 (Revised 28.02.2013). Click on the filename to open or download it.

New Page and Old data

NHS Watch had been monitoring Waiting Times on its previous website for quite some time and we will begin that task again in the next few days, you can see the initial information on our main NHS Waiting Times page.

We have also discovered that much of the old data which we published has been moved to the UK’s digital National Archives, we’ll provide some links to that data as well.


NHS Watch – Daily Updates

As well we have mentioned previously we are publishing daily digital updates on Scoop.it‘s curation platform here.

We are also now also producing a second daily digital update using the Paper.li curation platform, NHS Watch Daily can be found here, You can also subscribe to this to ensure that a copy is delivered to your email box every day.

Happy reading from NHS Watch – Tracking the NHS since 2006

Updated NHS Car Park Charges Listing

We’ve just published an updated listing of NHS Car Park charges in England.

We will be updating this listing over the coming weeks, If your local Trust is not listed or you spot an error, then let us know by email to CarParkingInfo [@] nhswatch.info or by using the Contact Form of this website and we will incorporate these changes as soon as possible.

Welcome to the New NHS Watch Blog and Website

As you will have seen, the original NHS Watch website has been offline for quite sometime. We have now moved this website to run under a WordPress implementation which we think will allow us to get back into a more regular updating of many of the current changes that are happening to the NHS in 2013.

However, we have not been totally inactive as we have been publishing a daily Newsletter using the online Scoop.it curation tool. This allowed us to continue to track stories about the UK NHS and publish them on a daily basis.

You can access and subscribe to this NHS Watch publication here. We will continue to publish this on a daily basis. You can also follow these updates on Twitter using the hashtag #nhswatch.

Looking forward to publishing more items here and hearing your comments and feedback.

In the meantime if would like to contact us, send us an email to info [@] nhswatch [dot] info and we will respond to you as soon as possible. We will also have a new contact page active soon.

Still monitoring and tracking the NHS since April 2006.

Away too long

I have been away from this Blog for too long and need to get back into this. Other business projects dragged me away(and still do).

Anyway, does anyone have any thoughts on how the NHS will be (if not already) affected by the trimming of the Budgets under the Collation Government and the plan to move the financial control from PCT’s to GP surgeries.

Please let me know by comments to this post or direct to info[@]nhswatch[dot]info.

Many thanks and hope to be back here soon with some of your feedback.

p.s. Seems that the blog suffered a bit of hacking which I have now cleaned up and corrected some of the links to other blogs. Quite a few seemed to have disappeared! I will have to search for some new ones to insert. Do blog about the NHS? Let me know and I’ll link to your blog

A standard too low!!!

It seems that nursing care at the Staffordshire General Hospital was at a premium as it is turning out from the many reports that are beginning to appear. [1], [2], [3]

Ben Bradshaw MP is on TV apologising for the failing, but who was doing the monitoring of the Hospital in the first place. Why was it allowed to get into this state in the first place.

It’s funny when incident like this happen how the people in charge stress that all is now sorted out and much has changed, it’s as if they want to hide their failings for letting it get this bad.

It may be that the trust chairman Toni Brisby and chief executive Martin Yeates have already quit (I wonder where else in the NHS they will be re-employed) ahead of the report, but who were the people that were checking on the performance of these people? Surely they should also be sacked for letting these people continue their bad management of Staffordshire General Hospital.

What is strange? The report by the Healthcare Commission is nowhere to be seen as yet.

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The NHS (Big Brother) will have your patient records!

According to this article, NHS Lincolnshire PCT is going to get some of their local GP’s patients who have opted out of having their records uploaded to the local NHS patient records database in for a chat!

I not sure what the local PCT might be trying to do here, but threatening your local patients with what seems to be a line out of a mafia film will not endear them to local patients.

I think also the local PCT may well find that what they are doing is against the law. Maybe they have been told by the Bigger central government Brother, that there can be no dissenter and everyone must comply!