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Trends in emergency admissions

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1201

Shop floor experience suggests a rise

  1. Andrew Volans, consultant in accident and emergency medicine
  1. Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough YO12 6QL
  2. Department of Public Health, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8RZ
  3. Department of General Practice, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 0RR

    EDITOR—Morgan et al report that they find little evidence for a rise in emergency admissions from NHS data returns.1 Their conclusion is that much of the increase in admissions is due to internal transfer between consultants generating multiple finished consultant episodes for an individual patient's admission My memory suggests that this was a prediction raised in letters to the BMJ when the finished consulting episode first became a recognised measure of hospital activity.

    In accident and emergency our level of information technology is often more basic and our workload is dependent on the number of …

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