PERFORMANCE: Emergency admissions in the year to November at Dudley Group of Hospitals over-performed by 866 spells (6.5 per cent) against plan.

Increases have been seen in admissions via the accident and emergency department, and admissions to the emergency assessment unit, most significantly for patients admitted for short periods and then discharged home.

The appropriateness of the coding of this activity continues to be debated with Dudley Group of Hospitals.