MBI Analytics: RTT and A&E Performance: March 2016

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Welcome to the first MBI Analytics post where we will be commenting on RTT, A&E and very soon Cancer performance across the NHS.

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RTT – Waiting Lists for English Hospitals
This month performance has continued on the downward trend which we have been highlighting for the last few months. We warned about the huge numbers of non-reporting hospitals and that situation remains the same.

The worst hospitals in England for waiting haven’t changed much either with that unenviable statistic going to the following five hospitals:

  • Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Hull And East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

A&E Performance in England

A&E performance often gets more attention in the media that waiting lists. But where are the worst A&E’s in the country? The answer is that the worst five have been the same for the last few months – which begs the question why improvements have not been made?

  • North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust

We assess not just performance for all Trusts but another very important indicator: the percentage of patients who get admitted after arriving at A&E. The variation in this indicator across hospitals is startling. The hospital with the highest admission rate in England is London North West Healthcare NHS Trust with 42% of all attendances being admitted, followed closely by Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust  and Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust at 40%.

Whilst there could be a number of factors that lead to this – such as more acute patients  arriving at these hospitals the variation is so big that it simply cannot be this alone.

We will be updating our analysis each month, looking at various different measures and hospitals over time. If you have any suggestions of specific things you would like us to look at please get in touch.