Published: 11/4/2002, Volume II2, No. 5800 Page 8

Hospital activity in Wales increased in total by 0.9 per cent last year, compared to 2000, latest figures show. Elective cases, including day cases, increased by 1 per cent from 344,914 in 2000 to 348,473 by the end of December 2001. Emergency admissions rose from 317,073 to 319,801 over the same period.

Meanwhile, total outpatient attendances were up 4.2 per cent, from 2,647,744 to 2,757,953.Separate statistics on mental health admissions show that in 2000-01 there were 18,734 admissions to mental health facilities in Wales, up from 18,051 in 1999-2000.

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