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Premature deaths from cancer are down but visits to casualty are up, report says

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1426
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. London

    The latest progress report on the NHS in England by its chief executive, Nigel Crisp, shows a fall in the numbers of premature deaths from heart disease and cancer and a continuing fall in the average waiting time for hospital operations.

    Ninety eight per cent of patients in emergency departments are now seen within four hours, but the number attending climbed sharply, rising by 8.8% (1.4 million) last year. Emergency admissions went up by 5% (220 000), and visits to walk-in centres rose by more than a third. Numbers of ambulance journeys and outpatient consultations also rose.

    However, the number of emergency bed days–the measure …

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