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A&E units flooded with non-emergency cases

Such cases make up more than half of A&E patients in four public hospitals

Published on Mar 31, 2013 6:00 AM
Every hospital, like CGH (above), has signs informing patients of the expected waiting time. -- BERITA HARIAN FILE PHOTO

Singapore public hospitals' repeated reminders to people not to dash to their accident and emergency (A&E) departments for every little ailment are largely falling on deaf ears.

Latest figures from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), National University Hospital (NUH) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) show that non-emergency patients make up more than half of their A&E cases.

But the worst is at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) in Yishun.

Last year, of the 400 A&E patients it saw daily, about 70 per cent were non-emergency or what the hospitals call P3 (Priority 3) cases.

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