Patients need ‘educating’ after big rise in A&E visitors, says Hartlepool and Stockton health boss

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A HOSPITAL trust says it has seen a “significant rise” in the number of people visiting its accident and emergency department in the last 12 months with minor ailments which could have been treated elsewhere.

Clinical director for Accident and Emergency at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Andy Simpson, made the comments following a report from a parliamentary health group.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Primary Care and Public Health said that the NHS should consider refusing to treat patients who turn up at A&E with minor problems.

 

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