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Accident and Emergency Departments: Standards

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 140416, tabled on 15 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NHS Standard Contract 2022-23, what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients waiting 12 hours or more in emergency departments from time of arrival.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

24 March 2022

NHS Digital publishes the number of patients in accident and emergency (A&E) at more than 12 hours from arrival. In 2020/21, 302,784 patients spent more than 12 hours in A&E from arrival.

The NHS Standard Contract for 2022/23 includes a 12-hour standard from time as arrival as a national quality indicator. NHS England and NHS Improvement are currently considering the publication of reporting against this standard and further information will be provided in due course.

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