Latest performance figures show ‘staffed beds must be the absolute priority this winter’

8 November 2018

Responding to today’s publication of emergency care performance figures for October, Dr Adrian Boyle of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine said: 

“These figures show that over half of all major Emergency Departments are currently operating the in the Red Zone [four-hour performance under 85%], yet it is a testament to the hard work of staff that four-hour performance is up slightly on last month in spite of a record number of emergency admissions.

“The number of emergency admissions and trolley waits should make it clear that we can ill afford to lose any more beds as we have over previous winters. We are at a point where nearly a third of attendances require admission and focus must be on how we treat these patients rather than attempting to re-direct minors. Provision of staffed beds and better co-ordination of the bed base must be the absolute priority this winter and must be a key part of the 10-year plan.

“It is also imperative for the long-term health of the health service that the government publishes realistic and viable solutions for social care in its much delayed but imperative green paper as soon as possible. Without a sound plan and appropriate resources for social care, emergency departments will continue to face significant challenges and patients will face long delays in both being admitted to and discharged from hospital.”