Headline Suggests Widespread A&E Abuse (on basis of 150 people)

BBC News - 7 January 2014
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A headline on the BBC News website suggests that Accident and Emergency departments are overstretched because of patients visiting too often. The headline suggesting that people visit too often implies a culture of abuse, by suggesting that 'some people' visit '50 times a year'.

The article itself says the number of people who visited 50 times or more in a year is just over 150. This is 0.00024% of the UK population.

Nick Triggle's analysis does not explore the effect that cuts and closures could have had on the NHS A&E system.


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Headline:A&E: Some patients visit units 50 times a year


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