Emergency hospital admissions 'unsustainable' for NHS
05 July 2010
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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