Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) calls for patients to highlight 'worst ever' four-hour emergency care performance to MPs

Data released today by NHS England showed the worst four-hour emergency care performance, at just 76.9% at major emergency departments. In response to these figures the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is calling on patients to write to their MP asking them to support action to address the serious challenges facing Emergency Departments across the country.

In response to the calls this morning from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) following the worst ever four hour emergency care performance figures, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said:

“This statement from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine is a stark indictment of current healthcare policy. In saying “the current crisis was wholly predictable” the RCEM make clear the damage being caused to patient safety by the deliberate, chronic underfunding of health services.

“Many of these patients are children, and is not just emergency care that is suffering under the pressure of an overstretched and underfunded health service. Our latest workforce survey has shown that almost one in five paediatric trainee positions are currently vacant, rising to nearly one in four in more senior trainee positions. This means senior doctors are covering these gaps as well as doing their own job. This is neither safe nor sustainable. Our data show that almost 90% of children’s units have expressed concern over how they will cope over the coming six months.

“We agree with the RCEM call to patients to tell their MP about the reality on the ground. We suggest they also ask why a health service that has delivered excellent care for 70 years is being failed, and so too every UK citizen.   Where does the buck stop?”


For further information see the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) website