A brand new excessive of 6.4 million individuals in England have been ready for routine NHS remedy in March 2022, as 12-hour waits in A&E hit an all time excessive final month and ambulance companies continued to wrestle.
The variety of individuals ready for routine care in March was up from 6.2 million in February and is the very best quantity since data started in August 2007.
A brand new report of 24,138 individuals needed to wait greater than 12 hours in A&E, in April after a choice to confess them had been made.
The determine is up from 22,506 in March, and is the very best for any calendar month, in data going again to August 2010.
Nevertheless, the variety of sufferers being seen inside 4 hours in April improved in comparison with March, with 72.3 per cent of sufferers seen on this time in comparison with 71.6 per cent.
The most recent NHS knowledge exhibits continued struggles for ambulance companies accross the nation as figures reveal common response occasions for probably life-threatening circumstances, corresponding to strokes, was 51 minutes and 22 seconds in April.
This down from one hour, one minute and three seconds in March, which was the longest time on report for this class of call-outs. These calls ought to have a response inside 18 minutes.
Ambulance response occasions for pressing calls corresponding to late stage labour averaged two hours and 38 minutes in April. That is down from a report three hours and 28 minutes in March.
The information comes after The Impartial revealed final week the actual variety of individuals ready for greater than 12 hours in A&E is way larger than the general public knowledge suggests. 1000’s of individuals, usually greater than 3000, every day are left ready greater than 12 hours from after they arrive in A&E leaked knowledge advised.
The proportion of individuals being seen for most cancers referrals in March was 80.6 per cent in comparison with 80.7 per cent in February. Nevertheless, the variety of individuals being seen inside 62 days improved throughout the identical interval from 62.1 per cent in comparison with 67.4 per cent.
Quaterly knowledge from January to March 2022 confirmed an all time low of 78.9 per cent within the proportion of individuals being seen inside two weeks following an pressing referral for suspected most cancers.
The Authorities and NHS England have set the ambition of eliminating all waits of greater than two years by July 2022 and waits of multiple yr by March 2025.
Knowledge exhibits an enchancment within the variety of individuals ready greater than two years with 16, 79,6 down from 23,281 in February.
The variety of individuals having to attend greater than 52 weeks to begin hospital remedy in England was 306,286 in March, up from 299,478 the earlier month.
Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at assume tank The King’s Fund mentioned: “Lengthy waits for emergency care, beforehand solely seen within the depths of winter, are actually commonplace. Right now’s knowledge additionally present some ambulance service response occasions are nonetheless falling far under the nationwide requirements, even for sufferers with essentially the most severe and pressing well being wants.”
“The highest precedence for the NHS is to sort out the longest waits, so it’s some consolation to see the variety of individuals ready over two years for deliberate care beginning to come down.”
Dr Tim Cooksley, president of the Society for Acute Medication, mentioned: “The most recent set of efficiency knowledge exhibits that the brand new “regular” is at an unacceptably poor stage for each sufferers and workers.”
He added: “The absence of serious plans within the Queen’s Speech to recognise the NHS and social care disaster is of grave concern.”
Professor Stephen Powis, nationwide medical director for NHS England, mentioned: “Right now’s figures present our hardworking groups throughout the NHS are making good progress in tackling the backlogs which have constructed up with report numbers of diagnostic exams and most cancers checks happening in March, as a part of essentially the most formidable catch up plan in NHS historical past.
“We at all times knew the ready listing would initially proceed to develop as extra individuals come ahead for care who could have held off throughout the pandemic, however right this moment’s knowledge present the variety of individuals ready greater than two years has fallen for the second month in a row, and the quantity ready greater than 18 months has gone down for the primary time.
A spokesperson for the Division for Well being and Social Care mentioned it recognises the stress NHS workers are beneath, particuarly ambulance service workers.
The assertion added it has supplied the NHS with £50 million in funding to assist the rise in 111 calls.