New data from the NHS shows that patients in the poorest parts of England come to A&E at twice the rate than in the richest parts.
A&E wait figures in 2021-22 were 976,284 patients who waited more than 12 hours from arrival last year – a threefold increase compared to 2020-21 when 302,784 were recorded.
NHS Digital, which published the report, said it did not include 15,900 reports of patients waiting more than 72 hours in 2021-22, as “it is considered improbable that a patient waits longer than 72 hours”. And will remain in E”.
According to the data, the top 10 percent of disadvantaged populations had a total of 3,013,316 A&E attendances, compared to 1,546,722 in the least disadvantaged.
Data for 2021-22 shows that attendance rates in the poorest areas increased by 829,963 compared to 2020-21 levels, while rates in the richest areas increased by 421,480 over the same period.
talking to independentDr Adrian Boyle, visiting president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said the 15,900 patients’ waiting more than 72 hours was “completely plausible”.
“They would be mental health patients waiting to be transferred to a mental health ward… this is serious and something they don’t want to see… It is completely plausible that people with mental health problems would wait more than 72 hours, ” They said.
Dr Boyle said the difference between A&E attendance within the poorest population compared to the richest was due to increased health needs among these patients, not other factors, such as less access to GPs.
“There are quite poor regions that have relatively high numbers of GPs, such as Liverpool. Liverpool has more GPs per capita than anywhere in the UK but is still heavily disadvantaged.”
Black, Asian, and other ethnic populations had the highest rates of A&E presence compared to white patients. White patients recorded 31,930 attendances per 100,000 in 2021-22, compared to 38,177 in Asians, 41,000 in Blacks and 81,998 in “other ethnic groups”.
These figures come amid growing concern about the impact of the cost of life crisis on health services and patients.
independent It was revealed this week that two hospitals plan to open “hot banks” this winter, while a GP in Newham is set to open one within his practice next month.
Annual data shows that the number of patients waiting more than 12 hours before coming to A&E is nine times more than the data on which monthly public reports are based.
A total of 976,284 waited for more than 12 hours before arrival, while 98,564 waited before deciding to hospitalize them.
in August, independent revealed that the UK Statistics Authority had asked NHS England and NHS Digital to plan to publish time from arrival data after publicly available data was alleged to be misleading.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine brought the issue to the attention of UKSA in June and has also written to the head of NHS England, Amanda Prichard.
report earlier this month financial Times suggested that long A&E waits were driving more deaths in England.
More deaths continue to occur in England, with more than 1,000 additional deaths in recent weeks.
Dr. Boyle told independent: “We are concerned by this, the analysis by the FT is highly plausible and indicates that at least half of the 1,000 additional deaths a week are down to a collapsed emergency care system.”
The total waiting time from the time patients arrive at A&E to their evaluation, treatment and discharge is also measured.
Data for 2021-22 shows that 1,360 patients spent 22 hours at A&E from arrival to departure in March 2012, compared to 671 in April 2021.
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