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Hospital admissions rise by 6% in England

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c456 (Published 25 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c456
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    The number of people admitted to hospital for elective or emergency care rose by an average of 6% in England last year, an analysis shows.

    This compares with an average annual growth of 4.6% in the preceding three years and is reflected in similar rises in Wales and Northern Ireland, sparking fears of a financial crisis for the NHS unless the trend can be reversed.

    The analysis of hospital episode statistics by primary care trust, carried out by consultants CHKS, shows that in only a handful of trusts were admissions cut in 2008-9.

    The best performing area was Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, …

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