Healthwatch has published an analysis of data from hospital trusts examining emergency readmission data from the last five years.
Seventy two hospital trusts responded to the Healthwatch enquiry; their data indicate that emergency readmissions have risen by a fifth since 2012/13:
- Between 2012/13 – 2016/17 the number of emergency readmissions rose by 22.8%. This compares with a 9.3% rise in overall admissions to hospitals during the same period.
- The numbers of emergency readmissions within 24 hours rose even faster with a 29.2% increase
- The number readmitted within 48 hours account for 1 in 5 of the overall total of emergency readmissions (21.6%)
Healthwatch is calling on the NHS to do more to understand why people are returning to hospital after being discharged.
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