White, Richard and Shorney, Richard and Butcher, Martyn (2010) Penalties for Hospital Readmissions? Wounds UK, 6 (2). p. 156. ISSN 1746-6814Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)
Early June, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced an intention to reduce the half million annual hospital readmissions. Between 1998–99 and 2007–2008 the number of emergency readmissions in the UK has risen by 53%, from 359,719 to 546,354 (Peñaloza, 2010). The new Health Secretary argues that patients are being discharged too early to free up beds and this in turn undermines patient care. Under the new plans, hospitals would receive funding for the first hospital stay plus treatment for the 30 days post discharge, giving hospitals the responsibility for a patient’s health and wellbeing following hospital treatment, not the GPs and primary care trusts (PCTS), as is currently the case.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||hospital readmissions|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society|
|Depositing User:||Janet Davidson|
|Date Deposited:||15 Sep 2011 11:06|
|Last Modified:||15 Sep 2011 11:06|
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