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Letters Government readmission proposals

Improved data collection is needed to support these proposals

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 05 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5456
  1. Daniel J Wilks, specialist trainee, plastic surgery,
  2. Tawfiq Elahi, senior house officer, plastic surgery ,
  3. Sharif K Al-Ghazal, locum consultant in plastic and reconstructive surgery
  1. 1Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
  1. dwilks{at}

Recent proposals by Andrew Lansley mean that hospitals would bear the cost of readmission during the 30 days after discharge.1 Such readmissions cost the NHS £1.6bn (€1.84bn; $2.53bn) a year—about £11m per trust.2 Greater integration of care is welcome, but not all readmissions are a failure of care, and such legislation may have …

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