A total of 250,000 people made repeat visits to A&E departments in Greater Manchester in one year – including one patient who showed up at their local hospital an astonishing 82 times.

Figures obtained by the M.E.N under Freedom of Information reveal the huge strain being placed on hospital emergency departments by the ‘unprecedented’ number of patients coming through their doors, including some who are turning up dozens of times a year.

Reported by the Manchester Evening News. You can read the full story here. 

I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.