Letters Reducing emergency admissions

GPs used to be effective gatekeepers

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6907 (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6907
  1. Iftikhar A Lone, general practitioner1
  1. 1Normanby Medical Centre, Middlesbrough TS6 6TD, UK
  1. ifti.lone{at}nhs.net

I am not surprised that interventions to reduce admissions show little effect.1 Our practice of 13 200 patients has carried out three audits in the past year on 100 consecutive discharges from the local acute hospital (planned and emergency admissions). All three audits found that nearly 70% of patients had not been admitted …

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