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Surge in non-elective hospital activity hits CCG budgets          

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Looking at the data for emergency admissions (QP9) is interesting - and can produce surprises. One is the source of the admission: A&E, GP, Consultant via OP, bed bureau - I recognise all of these - but what is "Emergency other means"? Another is the high number of patients admitted for 0 days (including 2 infants with the diagnosis of "ankyloglossia" (tongue-tie - had to look that one up!)) where the reason for it being an *emergency* seemed a bit obscure. Then again, looking at discharges and matching with the data on time of arrival at A&E might be interesting: if a patient is admitted for under an hour and then discharged, was there any relationship (say 4 hours) to the time of arrival in A&E? I appreciate hospitals are in financial difficulties - and have a legal duty to be in financial balance - but the same applies to PCTs and CCGs.

Posted date

22 Nov 2012

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2:22pm

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