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Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 114W, on accident and emergency (A and E) departments, what assessment she has made of the reasons behind the increase in the number of admissions via type 1 A and E departments referred to. (131887)

Demand management, including the number of patients admitted as an emergency via accident and emergency departments, is something that we would expect the local national health service to look at and monitor.

Data trends do suggest that there has been a particular increase recently in the number of very short stay admissions nationally. This is good patient care. Patients requiring more than four hours of care are entitled to the same levels of comfort and care as any other hospital patient. Patients may be admitted to assessment units or sometimes specialist wards where the next stages of investigation and care can take place in appropriate surroundings.