To ask the Secretary of State for Health, over what period NHS England plans to run Winter Daily Situation Reports during the winter of 2015; over what period NHS England ran those reports in the past; by what process NHS England decides on the time period over which to run additional winter monitoring; and what guidance his Department issues to NHS England on the time period over which to run that monitoring.
Winter Daily Situation Reports will commence on 1 December 2015, and will continue through to the end of February 2016. NHS England will publish the first data on 11 December 2015.
Winter Daily Situation Reports were first collected in November 2010. The table below shows the periods for which the data has been collected in previous years.
1 November 2010 to 20 February 20111
1 November 2011 to 1 March 20121
6 November 2012 to 28 February 20131
4 November 2013 to 30 March 20142
3 November 2014 to 29 March 20152
1 Collected by Department of Health
2 Collected by NHS England
Until 2012-13, Daily Winter Situation Reports were collected by the Department. Since 2013-14 they have been collected by NHS England. Each year, NHS England reviews reporting requirements over the winter, in discussion with partners. This includes the duration of the collection.
The Department has not issued guidance to NHS England about the time period for which Winter Daily Situation Reports should be collected.