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Readmission figures ‘worrying and require investigation’ – SAM president

Commenting on figures which show the number of patients in England being readmitted to hospital within 30 days of discharge has risen by nearly a quarter in the last four years, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“These figures are worrying and follow quickly on the heels of failures to meet A&E and ambulance targets across the NHS and require further investigation and analysis by NHS England.

“The significant issues we are seeing on the healthcare system means errors made or social care inadequate are impacting on patients and carers but also putting unnecessary extra pressure on front door teams.”

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