Accident and emergency: attendances and performanceThere were a record number of A&E attendances—almost 24 million—in England in 2017/18. Record attendances and longer waitsThere were 23.9 million attendances at A&E in England last year (2017/18)—a record number. In major A&E departments (the largest, 24-hour consultant-led units) 82% of attendances were seen within four hours in 2017/18. Major A&E departments are further away from the target, although it applies to A&E departments as a whole. 39% of A&E attendances leave A&E this way.