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'81% rise' in over-90s needing ambulances

The number of over-90s needing to go to hospital by ambulance has risen 81% since 2009/10, according to new data. Labour claims this is a result of cuts to social care funding. But ministers blamed flawed GP contracts brought in by Labour in 2004.

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Over-90s needing ambulances 'up 81% since 2010'

New figures suggest an big increase in the number of elderly people needing ambulances. Credit: PA

The number of very elderly people needing to go to hospital by ambulance has risen 81% since 2009/10, according to new figures.

Analysis by Labour showed that 300,370 people over the age of 90 were taken to A&E by ambulance in the last year, a substantial rise on previous years. In 2009/10 the figure was 165,910.

The data comes from tables of ambulance activity in England published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

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