A&E waiting times
The four-hour A&E waiting time target is a pledge set out in the NHS Mandate. The operational standard is that at least 95% of patients attending A&E should be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.
The Government's mandate to NHS England for 2018-19 put the four-hour waiting time target on hold. It stated that the NHS must "deliver aggregate A&E performance in England above 90% in September 2018, with the majority of trusts meeting 95% in March 2019, and aggregate performance in England at 95% within the course of 2019".
This indicator explores breaches of the four-hour A&E target since 2008. 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 up-to-date information on some key NHS performance measures as data are released by NHS England.