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.
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.