QMR 18 | February 2016

How is the NHS performing?

  • £2.3bn Our estimate of NHS trusts’ deficit at the end of 2015/16

  • 53%
    of trust finance directors said that quality of care in their local area has worsened in the past year
  • “It is touch and go whether the Department of Health will be able to balance its budget at the end of the year. At the same time, performance is deteriorating.”

    John Appleby, Chief Economist
  • 8.2% of patients are still waiting for a planned hospital admission after 18 weeks in December – the first time the target has been missed since it was introduced in April 2012

  • 53%
    of trusts are concerned that they will not be able to meet nationally-imposed caps on their agency staff spending
  • 9% of patients waited longer than four hours in A&E over the quarter up to the end of December 2015 – the worst quarterly performance since 2003