Hospital stays for children rising12th February 2013
Researchers at the University of Oxford have said the number of children admitted to hospital has risen over the last ten years.
A report published in Archives of Diseases in Childhood showed 594,000 children under the age of 15 were admitted in 1999, but the figure rose to 739,000 in 2010.
Dr Hilary Cass, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "These latest statistics further serve to highlight that the way hospital services are currently arranged means we're in danger of not providing children with the highest possible standard of healthcare when they fall ill."
"The health service is coming under increasing pressure and demand, so it's more important than ever that we look to settings outside of the hospital to address this."
The report found the largest increase in hospital admissions was in children under the age of five.
The admissions rate increased by 28% between the years of 1999 and 2010. The number of admissions rose by 52% for children aged 12 months or less and went up by a quarter in children between the ages of one and four.
The researchers attributed the increase to a number of factors, including a change in the way parents behaved, not enough out-of-hours doctors, NHS Direct advice, doctors' caution and hospitals "admitting children in order to avoid breaking the four-hour A&E waiting times".
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Title: Hospital stays for children rising
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 23724
Date Added: 12th Feb 2013