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Britons in last year of life had 1.6 million emergency admissions in 2016

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 21 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1321
  1. Jacqui Thornton
  1. London

The NHS is struggling to cope with end-of-life emergency admissions, particularly in England, says an analysis by the terminal illness charity Marie Curie.

Researchers studied data from NHS Digital, NHS Wales, and NHS Scotland on emergency admissions of people in their last year of life from 2011 to 2016. They found over 1.6 million admissions in 2016, leading to around 11 million days in hospital and costing the NHS £2.5bn (€2.86bn; $3.52bn).1

In England the average number of admissions per person (3.16) was nearly twice as high as in Scotland (1.65) or Wales (1.61). Wales had the highest average number of days spent in hospital at 27.56, compared with 18.42 in England, but the patients in England were admitted more often.

The charity also estimated that, by 2041, the cost …

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