NHS England proposes new indicators to replace four hour target in emergency departmentsBMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4855 (Published 16 December 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4855
- Adrian O’Dowd
New indicators could replace the existing four hour emergency department target in England, including patients being seen and assessed within 15 minutes in a hospital, under an official consultation launched on 15 December.
NHS England’s consultation on transforming urgent and emergency care1 proposes that the current four hour target—which says that 95% of people arriving at emergency departments should be treated and then be discharged, admitted, or transferred within four hours—should be replaced with 10 indicators or a “bundle of standards.”
Other indicators, which the consultation describes as a “more sophisticated and patient centred set of metrics,” include:
The handover of a patient between ambulance staff and an emergency …