UK DoH (Department of Health) reports growth in A&E (accident & emergency) and acute services:
This article was originally published in Clinica
During the first three quarters of 2002, there was a 2% (0.2 million) year-on-year increase in A&E activity in England, the UK Department of Health announced today (March 12 2003). In the last three months of 2002 alone, 3.4 million cases presented at A&E and minor injury units, with around 0.6 million requiring admission. General and acute outpatient activity grew by 2.2% in the first three quarters of 2002. In the last three months of 2002, 11 million outpatient cases presented, of which 3.2 million were first attendances. Of these, just over three million were for general and acute specialties, including just under two million surgical cases.