A&E waiting times
The maximum four-hour wait in A&E remains a key NHS commitment and is a standard contractual requirement for all NHS hospitals. In addition, NHS England has added a new contractual requirement covering NHS hospitals that no A&E patient should wait more than 12 hours on a trolley.
This indicator explores four-hour target breaches since 2004. For in-depth analysis of what's causing increasing A&E waits, see our report Focus on: A&E attendances.
Updated July 2016. Read our Indicator Update Summary and a response by Dr Clifford Mann, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, exploring the issues surrounding these findings.