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Most A&E attendances in work hours

Most A&E attendances in work hours

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Most people attend A&E during working hours, a new analysis shows, while the number of patients has increased year on year. 

Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show the pattern of A&E arrival times remain largely unchanged since 2007/8.

Close to 60% of patients attending A&E between March 2012 and February 2013 arrived between 9.00am and 6.00pm. 

HSCIC figures also show that 20% of patients discharged from A&E needed a follow up appointment with a GP, which has risen 3% since 2007. 

HSCIC chair Kingsley Manning said: “The potential impact of changes in primary care provision to A&E departments in England is high on the present public agenda. 

“We are able to offer a detailed picture of A&E activity over a number of years, shedding light on a key policy discussion and helping ensure it is grounded in evidence.”

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