RCEM response to Secretary of State comments on four-hour standard

15 January 2020

Responding to today’s comments from the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care about the potential scrapping of the four-hour emergency care standard, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Dr Katherine Henderson said: 


“We agree with trying to improve on the standard and have been happy to explore alternatives that drive patient flow and improve experience. We continue to work with NHS England to look for solutions.

“However, so far we’ve seen nothing to indicate that a viable replacement for the four-hour target exists and believe that testing should soon draw to a close. 

“Rather than focus on ways around the target, we need to get back to the business of delivering on it.”