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Emergency readmission to hospital is inadequate as a measure of care quality and a poor prognostic sign in haematology patients
  1. D Stangoe1 and
  2. A E Milne2
  1. 1Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, UK
  2. 2Department of Haematology, Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr D Stangoe, FY2, Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital, Aldermaston Road, Basingstoke, UK; doug_stangoe{at}hotmail.com

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Shortly after taking office, the current government stated its intention to regard readmission to hospital within 30 days as indicative of a previous failed discharge and unworthy of payment.1 This position was reiterated by the Health Secretary in the lay media as the ‘perverse situation at the moment where a hospital might discharge patients too soon and when the patient comes back as an emergency, the hospital gets paid again’.2 Using non-elective readmission as a measure of care quality, we conducted a retrospective audit of …

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