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Bad discharges from Hospital in 2022 and agency costs (FOI)

Bad discharges from Hospital in 2022 and agency costs (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 15 May 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



How many bad discharges from Jersey hospital in 2022? Patients being readmitted within 48 hours.


In 2022 how much did the hospital spend on agency staff from outside of Jersey?



A total of 133 patients returned to hospital within 48 hours of discharge in 2022. Admission within 48 hours of a previous discharge does not implicitly reflect a “bad” discharge.

Re-admissions were included in the count even if the patient was admitted to a differing ward or specialty than the first admission, e.g. discharged from Medical, but re-admitted to Surgical. The analysis considered emergency inpatient admissions to Jersey General Hospital (JGH) only. Day units, Maternity and patients admitted under an Oncology or Obstetrics specialty were excluded, as patients in these areas and specialties regularly require emergency admission. 

Data Source: Hospital Patient Administration System (TrakCare Report ATD5L & ATD9P)


The 2022 Health and Community Services expenditure on all locum and agency staff has been provided in response to a question posed to the Minister for Health and Social Services, published on the States Assembly website February 2023:

WQ.32/2023.pdf (

As the information is available elsewhere, Article 23 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has been applied.

Article applied

Article 23 - Information accessible to applicant by other means

(1) Information is absolutely exempt information if it is reasonably available to the applicant, otherwise than under this Law, whether or not free of charge.

(2) A scheduled public authority that refuses an application for information on this ground must make reasonable efforts to inform the applicant where the applicant may obtain the information.

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