A&E waiting times
The NHS Constitution sets out that a minimum of 95% of patients attending an A&E department should be admitted, transferred or discharged within 4 hours of their arrival. In December 2016, NHS Improvement announced that hospitals will soon be rated against a new A&E standard. The 95% target will remain a key performance indicator, but it will be combined with clinical standards and staff and patient experience metrics.
This indicator explores four-hour A&E target breaches since 2004. For in-depth analysis of what's causing increasing A&E waits, see our report Focus on: A&E attendances.
See also our Combined Performance Summaries, which present the most up-to-date information on some key NHS performance measures as data are released by NHS England.