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

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (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 …

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