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A&E rule costs hospitals £500m

A Foundation Trust Network poll of members reveals that many are dissatisfied with the NHS’s ‘30% margin rule’, which has cost them more than £500m in lost income, the BBC reports.

England's NHS hospitals are limited to how much money they get for emergency admissions - to discourage over-reliance on A&E – and as soon as a hospital reaches a set number of emergency admissions, it only get 30% of the full cost of patienttreatment after that.

The limit is intended to spur investment into other services that will reduce inappropriate A&E referrals but a growing elderly population has made the tariff discount out of “date and unproductive”.