News

Thousands of UK patients visited hospital emergency units more than 10 times in 2012-13

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g98 (Published 09 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g98
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

A BBC investigation has found that nearly 12 000 people in the United Kingdom attended the same accident and emergency unit more than 10 times in 2012-13. Just over 150 patients attended more than 50 times each.

Cliff Mann, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said that repeated use of hospital emergency services for non-emergencies was adding to pressure on the NHS.

Although the number of frequent attendees is small compared with the …

View Full Text

Sign in

Log in through your institution

Free trial

Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial

Subscribe