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Emergency hospital admissions 'unsustainable' for NHS

Emergency hospital admissions 'unsustainable' for NHS

05 July 2010

Source: BBC

Analysis by the Nuffield Trust found there were now 4.9 million unplanned admissions a year - a rise of 12% since 2004-05 - costing the NHS £11bn a year.

It said a rise in patients who spent a day or less in hospital suggested many admissions could be avoided.

NHS managers agreed action was needed to tackle the problem.

Emergency admissions include patients admitted through A&E units as well as direct into other parts of hospitals.

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