Report: A&E closures are 'costing hundreds of lives'

Freedom of information requests have revealed evidence that hospital casualty department closures are costing hundreds of lives, according to a newspaper report.

Official figures uncovered by the The Mail on Sunday show a 37% hike in death rates for emergency patients from Newark in Nottinghamshire, where the Accident and Emergency unit closed two years ago.

The figures, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, come from the NHS trusts where Newark patients are now sent, and show what can happen when an A&E shuts.