Health Policy Insight: Do you agree that hospital A&Es are currently under real pressure?
Simon Stevens: Definitely. The NHS holds itself to a very high standard. No other major industrialised country in the world over the past year has managed to treat 9 out of 10 of its patients within four hours in an A&E department, but we have. The same with providing 9 out of 10 of our citizens with routine surgery within 18 weeks.
But that doesn't mean we can just carry on as we are.