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South East A&E units 'used by fifth more people'

27 November 2013 Last updated at 20:54 GMT

A fifth more people are using A&E departments than five years ago, research by BBC South East has revealed.

In 2008, nearly 120,000 people attended emergency units in East Sussex. By 2012/13, the number had risen to nearly 140,000.

The Sussex and Surrey NHS Trust saw a 22% increase over the same period while attendance at A&E units in Kent rose by more than 17%.

NHS England medical director James Thallon said A&E was "a victim of its own success".

BBC South East Today's political reporter Ellie Price spoke to Dr Thallon, senior A&E matron Paul Orsman, ambulatory care matron Sue Holmes, patient Joy Pascoe and Higham GP Chris Markick.

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