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GPs in A&E could help tackle rise in emergency hospital admissions

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 06 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3618
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The NHS is struggling to meet an almost 12% rise in emergency hospital admissions in the past five years that is costing an extra £330m a year, according to a report.

    GPs and community services could be the answer to reducing this expensive trend, says the report, published on 5 July by health policy think tank the Nuffield Trust.

    The report shows that the number of emergency admissions in England rose by 11.8% between 2004-05 and 2008-09 (from around 4.4 million to 4.9 million admissions)—resulting in a cumulative total for five years of around 1.35 million extra admissions.

    For the analysis, the authors used hospital episode statistics from April 2004 to …

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