The number of emergency consultations in public hospitals fell 35% from March to September, compared to the same period last year, with 1.3 million fewer visits. The biggest drop was in paediatrics (-57%), according to a study unveiled today. The study, developed by the Spanish multinational IASIST and which resulted in an article to be published in this month's edition of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH) magazine indicates that the months of April (-51%) and May (-43%) were those where there was a more pronounced decrease in the number of emergencies.