The pressure on hospitals isn’t due to increased ED presentations

Interesting from a parliamentary question asking how many people presented to an emergency department each years during May. The data is:

  • 2017: 98,192
  • 2018: 99,767
  • 2022: 92,242 for 4 weeks which is around 102,125 for 31 days

So the numbers presenting are broadly in line with 2017 and 2018. The problem isn’t increased demand, it is not enough doctors and nurses due to our policy and abolishing ED waiting times targets.

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