Improving Urgent and Emergency Care

Today, the government published a major plan to improve urgent and emergency care services, as part of the plan to deliver the Prime Minister’s priority to cut waiting times.

The NHS is facing serious challenges as a result of the Covid pandemic and the worst flu season for over a decade. We saw the highest ever number of people attending A&E in December, which combined with high hospital occupancy rates means some patients are facing unacceptable delays. 

The Conservative government is already working to tackle waiting lists – raising health and social care funding to record levels, investing over £750 million this year to speed up the discharge of medically fit patients, delivering on our elective recovery plan to bust the Covid backlogs, and hiring a record number of doctors and nurses. 

Today, the government launches an Urgent and Emergency Care Plan to fix A&E and ambulance waiting times over the next two years by: 

  • Increasing capacity with £1 billion for more beds and ambulances; supported by more staff.
  • Reducing pressure on hospitals by speeding up discharge; expanding new, innovative measures to treat patients safely in the community; and enhancing the role of NHS 111.
  • Improving local A&E services by sharing and promoting best practice, so no matter where you live, you can get the care you need.
  • Conservatives are determined to deliver on the Prime Minister’s promise to put the NHS first and cut waiting lists, with one of the fastest improvements in emergency waiting times in the history of the NHS, making sure people get the care they need easier, faster, and closer to home. 


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