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Caution urged on readmission plans

A new NHS Confederation briefing has warned that government plans to cut the numbers of readmissions need to be introduced with sensitivity if they are not to prove expensive and damaging to patient care.

The briefing sets out the findings from research carried out by healthcare intelligence firm, CHKS, and published by the NHS Confederation and Foundation Trust Network. The research has found that recently announced system to impose financial penalties on acute trusts that readmit patients within 30 days could cost hospitals millions and have serious unintended consequences for patients. More …