BMA responds to report on emergency readmissions to hospital

By Bernadette Meaden
June 2, 2018

Responding to a report from the Nuffield Trust which shows that the number of patients being readmitted to hospital in an emergency with potentially preventable conditions such as pneumonia and pressure sores has grown significantly in the last seven years, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: “We already know that there is a strong correlation between high bed occupancy and patients being discharged prematurely which can then see patients having to be re-admitted within 30 days.

“The latest official figures show that bed occupancy across the country is still staggeringly high and way above levels considered safe. A chronic lack of resourcing is entirely to blame and with so few beds available, patients could end up being discharged before they’re fully ready to leave. A lack of district nurses and social care means that patients are also being discharged without enough support in home settings.

“To really combat these systemic pressures, the government must urgently increase spending on the NHS and review its long-term strategy for the health service. As the NHS enters a state of year-round crisis - the time for action by government is now.” 

The research found a 19 per cent rise in patients being readmitted to hospital in an emergency within 30 days of discharge between 2010/11 and 2016/17.

* Read Emergency readmissions: Trends in emergency readmissions to hospital in England here

* British Medical Association https://www.bma.org.uk/

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