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Study links changes to primary care in England to rise in hospital admissions of children

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2572
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

A rise in unplanned admissions to hospital of children with conditions usually managed by GPs came at the same time as NHS primary care changed to focus on chronic disease management, says a study looking at trends in hospital admissions.

The researchers analysed short admissions (less than two days) to hospital of children younger than 15 years in England between April 2000 and March 2012. Their study, reported in the Annals of Family Medicine,1 concluded that the introduction of new primary care health policy in 2004 was associated with an 8% increase in short stay …

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