Minor units take a growing share of emergency department attendancesBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f7233 (Published 03 December 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7233
- Gareth Iacobucci
- 1BMJ, London, UK
Attendances at emergency departments in England are rising faster than population growth, new figures have shown.
Statistics for 2012-13 from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show an 11% growth in emergency department attendances since four years ago (2008-09), compared with a population growth of 3.2% during the same period.
There were 21.7 million emergency department attendances in 2012-13, compared with an estimated 340 million consultations in general practice.
But although the HSCIC identified “striking consistencies” in patterns of emergency department activity over time, the latest figures show a higher proportion of cases being dealt with by minor units than was the case four years ago. Minor units dealt with almost 32% of attendees in 2012-13, up from 28% in …