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Managing demand for emergency hospital admissions

Many emergency admissions to hospital are avoidable and many patients stay in hospital longer than necessary, according to a report by the National Audit Office.

Improving the flow of patients through the system will be critical to the NHS’s ability to cope with future winter pressures on urgent and emergency care services.

The report points out that, at a time when NHS budgets are under significant pressure, the number of emergency admissions to hospitals is continuing to rise, albeit at a slower rate than in the past. More patients attending major A&E departments are now being admitted to hospital. In 2012/13, over a quarter of all patients attending major A&E departments were admitted, up from 19 percent in 2003/04.