Robbo. Ummm, 50,000 chronic users (there is a huge difference between chronic use and chronic disease) will include many cardiac patients who really **** have to go to A&E in the event of a problem.
Shall I riff off a tiny list of chronic diseases that cause acute episodes that often need admittance to A&E more than once a year?
2) Cardiac Disease
Did the the Daily Mail give a breakdown of the reasons why these people visited A&E? No, that's one of the myriad of reasons as to why it's a shit paper. The papers line of reasoning = "OMFG these people are abusing the health system, I bet they are benefit thieves and gypsies. Lets cut it"
God people are morons. Yes the NHS could manage chronic disease better, there are all sorts of ways of reducing the burden on accident and emergency but most of them actually entail spending more money. What the current government is doing is only exacerbating the problem, the NHS were discussing this long ago.