Notes to editors
* The daily number of emergency hospital admissions for respiratory disorders was 320 in December 1999, compared with 110 in August 1999.
Last year, The King's Fund warned of an impending crisis in care services without at least an extra £700 million a year investment to help it keep pace with rises in NHS spending. To date, the Government has pledged an extra £300 million over the next two years to social services departments to tackle 'delayed discharge' from hospitals.
Managing the Pressure by Michael Damiani and Jennifer Dixon, is available from The King's Fund bookshop on 020 7307 2591, price £5.99.
The study was part-funded by the London Region of the NHS Executive. It is based on figures in the Department of Health's Hospital Episode Statistics for London from April 1997 to March 2001.
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