Elderly bear brunt of A&E crisis
Number of over-90s rushed to hospital by ambulance soars by 66% after £1.7bn cut to social care
The crisis in A&E departments is being fuelled by a shocking rise in the elderly and frail being rushed to hospital in ambulances because there is no-where else for them to go.
Shocking new figures reveal that more than two thirds of the extra 330,000 patients admitted taken to casualty by ambulance are aged 80 or over.
And among the over-90s, there was a 66 per cent increase from 2009-10 to 2011-12, sparking claims that deep cuts in social care totalling £1.7billion were piling pressure on emergency departments. Health ministers were challenged over the statistics in the Commons today. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham claimed they ‘put a human face on the A&E crisis and paint a very sad picture indeed’.