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Over-90s ambulance trips 'up 81% in three years'

The number of over-90s brought to A&E by ambulance in England has risen by 81% in the past three years, according to figures highlighted by Labour.

There were just over 300,370 trips in 2012-13 compared to 165,910 in 2009-10, the data shows.

Labour said the jump was linked to the cuts in social care budgets, which have led to the elderly not getting the support they need to stay healthy.

But ministers said the problem dated back well into Labour's term in office.

Branwen Jeffreys reports.

  • 29 Jan 2014
  • From the section Health
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