Performance Watch: Stevens in firing line as A&E debate heats up

Simon Stevens’ comments about the four-hour target this week provoked a furious reaction from senior emergency medics, who have demanded answers on who exactly is being consulted with by the NHS targets review.

The NHS England chief executive’s comments at the Parliamentary health committee on Monday prompted widespread national media reports, from titles including The Sun and The Guardian, that the target review is set to recommend the service’s most important standard should be scrapped.

But the NHS England chief’s comments certainly underlined his desire for significant changes to the target, which he branded “outdated” following the prime minister announcing plans for a review of all targets last summer.

Full story on HSJ, 30 January 2019