NHS England claimed that simulation software is already used across the organisation to run models for a wide range of scenarios.
An NHS England spokesperson told Techworld: "There are many uses of simulation by analysts in NHS England in order to understand and improve the delivery and efficiency of health and care services in England.
"Simulation models can be extremely useful in helping organisations make operational and strategic decisions, and they are widely used across the NHS, alongside a range of other analytical tools. Simulation models have been used to help inform decisions on waiting times and the design of A&E systems.
"In particular simulation modelling was used for policy development in assessing the deliverability of the A&E target and also as a consultancy tool with specific hospital trusts to aid the assessment of options for improving patient flow."
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