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Saturday, 7 January 2012

NHS treats Brits hurt by beds, dogs..and volcanoes

A staggering 24,453 people were treated after falling out of BED.

Another 12,301 suffered a foreign body "in the eye or orifice" ? while seven were hurt by VOLCANIC eruptions. Ice and snow claimed 14,631 victims over the year ? down from 18,996 in 2009-10.

The full list of bizarre injuries was logged by the NHS Information Centre.

It emerged as figures showed that hospitals were deluged with nearly half a million extra patients last year.

There were 17.3million treatments overall in 2010-11 ? a rise of 464,000 on the previous year.

Patient visits have soared by more than 40 per cent over the past decade, from 12.3million in 2000-01.

Animals were also a major cause of injury, with 6,097 victims of dog attacks and 24 bitten by RATS.

Fireworks claimed 158 victims, 156 people were treated after being crushed in a crowd and 1,968 were scalded by hot drinks.

Tory MP Chris Skidmore, who sits on the health select committee, said the figures demonstrated the huge pressures on the NHS.

He said: "Whilst the Government is increasing health spending and whilst waiting times have remained stable, we cannot ignore these pressures."

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