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Thursday patients stay longer

29th December 2006

25072006_emptybed1.jpgNew figures reveal patients who are admitted to hospital on Thursdays will stay a day longer than those admitted on Sundays.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has analysed figures and found length of stay is being influenced more by NHS structures than by medical need.

The report, Future Hospital: The Progressive Case for Change, says a patient admitted on a Sunday would stay an average 5.3 days, while those admitted on a Thursday would stay 6.3 days.

This cost the NHS an additional 500 hospital beds last year, says the report, and also put patients at greater risk of hospital-acquired infections like MRSA.

The government has responded to the report, saying it is pushing for more day-case surgery to reduce unnecessary hospital stays.


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