According to the Guardian today:
‘Hospitals recorded their worst performance against the four-hour A&E treatment target last month as the NHS came under unprecedented strain because of winter and the flu outbreak. A&E units based at hospitals managed to treat and then admit, transfer or discharge just 77.1% of arrivals within the politically important four-hour target in January. That compared with 77.3% in December, which was also a new record low at that time.’
Though NHS Scotland report weekly, the average for January 2018, was 85% of patients seen, treated and discharged with 4 hours.
The crisis in NHS England has of course, led administrators there to drop A&E targets for the next two years, as they claim ‘Tory austerity cuts make them impossible to keep’. See:
This decision suggests the winter flu pressure is only part of the story in NHS England.