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Trends in emergency admissions in England 2004-2009: is greater efficiency breeding inefficiency?

 

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Trends in emergency admissions in England 2004-2009: is greater efficiency breeding inefficiency?

Approximately 35% of all admissions in the NHS in England are classified as emergency admissions, costing approximately £11 billion a year

Admitting a patient to hospital as an emergency case is costly and frequently preventable, yet the number of emergency admissions to hospitals has been rising for some time. This briefing paper examines the rise in emergency hospital admissions in England from 2004/05 to 2008/09 and tries to identify the possible explanations.