Following reports published today of a letter sent by the UK Statistics Authority to NHS England regarding a lack of progress made on addressing concerns around the accuracy of accident and emergency waiting times statistics, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:
“We really need to have accurate data on how our systems are performing and to hear that these recommendations have not been implemented is distressing. The cornerstone of any plans we can make for next winter hinge on having a realistic picture of how things actually are.
“There is also the matter of timely data and how this is disseminated to those who need to know [via NHS England weekly winter sitrep reports]. This year the sitrep reporting period officially finished at the beginning of March. Since then we have had patchy monthly figures of limited detail but can we now even trust that?”