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The big question: why are more people attending A&E?


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Next week, we’ll be looking at pressures on accident and emergency units. While missed A&E waiting targets hit the headlines, the numbers attending A&E in England last year reached record levels.

Why are more people attending A&E? 

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  • michael stone

    I've just read in one of today's papers, that one reason might be that this year's flu has mutated since the vaccine was developed, so having a flu jab is giving people less protection than was hoped.

    I've also recently heard a swamped A&E doctor on BBC Radio 4, who said that the vast majority of the people turning up at his A&E do have a legitimate concern - so it isn't as simple as 'too many people who shouldn't be going to A&E, are turning up there'.

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  • Its not just pressure on A&E as the problems often spill over into the operating theatres.At UCLH where I work its become fairly regular to find anaesthetic rooms being used as a holding area for very sick patients as A&E have run out of space.

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