Reducing emergency admissions Contents


Emergency admissions to hospitals continue to rise, despite the NHS’s efforts to reduce them. It is lamentable that nearly 1.5 million people could have avoided emergency admissions in 2016–17 if hospitals, GPs, community services and social care had worked together more effectively. It is frustrating that NHS England and partners are making some progress in reducing the impact of emergency admissions for patients and hospitals when they do happen, but no impact on reducing the numbers of admissions that could have been avoided. NHS England needs to deliver on its five-year plan to move care into the community and out of hospitals. This move is overdue.

Published: 8 June 2018