In 2016 data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), released to the BBC. It showed more than 100,000 patients had spent at least 12 hours in A&E departments in England. There were 124,000 such events (1% of attendances) in the first 10 months of 2015 against 68,000 in all of 2013. NHS England said the proportion of extended waits was extremely small. However, it added that even one 12-hour wait by a patient was too many.
These official figures were released to Dr Kirkland, having never been made public before (listen to broadcast 3). This came after two previous programmes based on Freedom of Information Act data (listen to broadcast 1) and a leak of HSCIC data.