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Better Chronic Illness Care Would Cut A&E Admissions

Magazine article Public Finance

Better Chronic Illness Care Would Cut A&E Admissions

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The NHS Confederation has called for a renewed focus on the treatment of chronic diseases after research revealed that repeated emergency hospital admissions cost the health service £2.3bn a year.

The report, by analysts Dr Foster, said hospitals admitted 1.1 million 'high-impact users' during 2003/04. These were patients admitted as emergencies more than three times in the year, many due to acute episodes of a long-term illness.

Without measures to prevent avoidable admissions, this could rise by 500,000 and cost an extra £lbn by 2028, the report said.

Last month's white paper on outof-hospital care called for a shift of 5% of resources (around £2.5bn) from the acute hospital sector to the community over the next ten years.

Confederation chief executive Gill Morgan said the Dr Foster report illustrated the need to boost care outside hospitals. …

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