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Letters Rising hospital admissions

Fuelled by risk avoidance

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 23 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1048
  1. Edmund J Dunstan, consultant geriatrician
  1. 1Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham B29 6JD
  1. edmund.dunstan{at}

    Gillam’s editorial ignores the elephant in the room—the increasing attempt to avoid risk, whether by patients, general practitioners (GPs), NHS Direct, triage services, or staff in the accident and emergency department.1 Thus, instead of an emergency admission being for suspected myocardial …

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